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Thread: Mugged on way home from office

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12-May-14, 20:02
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posted about 5 years ago
Hi Bevcha,

So sorry to hear about your horrible experience. Please don't blame yourself. You were just unlucky. Be kind to yourself and tell people around you so they can be kind to you.

A. xx

Thread: Unsolicited emails from obscure journals

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12-May-14, 19:55
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posted about 5 years ago
I did a google search on this today after receiving an invite from the Journal of Business and Social Sciences (or something like that). It seems to be quite a common scam. I used to get ones where the email address to reply to was a hotmail or yahoo account, but those seem to have stopped.

Thread: Job application question about interview date

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08-May-14, 16:39
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posted about 5 years ago
Hi Satchi,

I think if it were me I would stress my interest in the job and explain in my application letter that I couldn't make the interview date and why. I would then give a range of other times when I could attend or offer to do a Skype interview. If you wait for them to offer you an interview and then say 'sorry I can't come on that date' it makes you look either a bit dishonest or a bit disorganised. If they put the date in the job details they expect applicants to be free on that day. Of course I understand that if you tell them in advance, they may just bin your application and you would never know whether they might have been interested. It's a real dilemma.

Good luck!

Thread: Should I do a Ph.D.?

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05-May-14, 21:56
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As someone with a full time job and a part time PhD who has just spent the entire bank holiday weekend slaving over a keyboard in a stuffy dark room, I have to say there must be easier and possibly cheaper ways to indulge a passion for archaeology than committing to 7 years of having almost no life outside work and study. I loved my MA but I've found the PhD to be a very different beast. I have enjoyed it at times but if I didn't need it for my career I would've given up long ago. I know one person who started a PhD purely for interest after he was made redundant so he had plenty of time and no real money worries but he found it too stressful and dropped it.

Thread: Some good wishes needed

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14-Apr-14, 11:34
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posted about 5 years ago
Well done for taking this step and good luck with the change. Requesting a change in your supervisory arrangements can be very stressful but hopefully you will be much happier in the end.

Thread: Articles request

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14-Apr-14, 09:56
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posted about 5 years ago
Hi emaa,

I can send it if you let me have your email address.

Thread: second meeting with my supervisor

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11-Apr-14, 13:45
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posted about 5 years ago
Hi,
I'm in the UK not Australia so maybe things are different but it doesn't sound as if your approach is unreasonable. My meetings with my supervisor last about an hour and usually we discuss something ive written. Maybe you should ask her how she wants to approach the meetings or just start work on your lit review and send it to her. Good luck.

Thread: PhD application

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11-Apr-14, 10:38
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posted about 5 years ago
Hi Lizzie,

I agree with Chickpea. I think you should assume your reader is someone who knows about research but is not necessarily familiar with your field, so 'set the scene' and avoid or explain jargon.

Thread: Nearly Failed Viva

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07-Apr-14, 13:16
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posted about 5 years ago
Congratulations, Dr littleowl! And thanks to TheGoodShip for the blog. It was very informative.

Thread: Nobody to talk to(bore!) with my research

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28-Mar-14, 16:10
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posted about 5 years ago
Could you get together with two or three students who are working on fairly related topics and present your work to each other. I did this because I really lack confidence in public speaking so I realised I needed to practise talking about my work. We don't do very formal presentations but one person talks about an aspect of their work and the others comment. A friend of mine said she had a simular group when she was writing up and they used to read drafts of each other's chapters. If you're feeling isolated then probably others are too and they might welcome a chance to get together

Thread: Article request please :)

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08-Mar-14, 09:39
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I can send it to you if you pm me your email address

Thread: PhD Strategies

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27-Feb-14, 21:39
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1. What is the single most stressful or frustrating thing about doing a PhD?

I have found two things very stressful. One is having to send drafts of work which I feel are nowhere near perfect to my supervisor and then deal with all the critical feedback, some of which I feel is overly picky. I really enjoyed writing on my master's degree but it is one thing to hand in a carefully crafted 4,000 word essay and get it back with a nice grade along with a few suggestions that you can use to improve the next assignment; quite another thing to hand in 5000 words of literature review when you have no clear idea of where your research is going and then sit and listen to someone tell you everything that is wrong with it.

The second is having to present my work in seminars and conferences. I hate public speaking and find it extremely difficult.



2. What strategies or skills would you most like to learn or improve in order to make this process easier?

After a crisis which led to a change of supervisor I am getting used to the writing thing. My new supervisor is more positive and encouraging, and because I am now under pressure to finish I just accept that a first draft can't be perfect. I have also learned that sometimes it is better to just start writing rather than spending months reading and planning.

For the public speaking problem, I have managed to gather a few supportive colleagues who are working on related topics. We meet regularly and take it in turns to present our work. I also took a friend's advice to rehearse and rehearse and rehearse for conference presentations.

3. If you could improve or change anything about doing a PhD what would it be?

I really wish I had been prepared for how different it is from a master's degree. I didn't imagine it would be the same exactly, but I guess I'm not the only person to have embarked on a PhD because I was a successful and enthusiastic master's student, only to really struggle with the transition to PhD.

4. If you were starting over, which 2 or 3 things would you do differently?

I would write more in the early stages and try not to be so sensitive about criticism.

I would try to establish a support network with other students in the first year and I would be more willing to admit when I was struggling.

I would tell my supervisor when I didn't know how to tackle something instead of wasting weeks trying to work it out by myself.

Thread: English Language Requirements

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25-Feb-14, 21:24
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posted about 5 years ago
Hi, it's normal to just take one of the tests. I never heard of any university asking for both. Good luck!

Thread: Social Research Method

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23-Feb-14, 19:03
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Hi explorer1,

I agree with enmaki. I would read lots of qualitative studies which have focussed on issues of race, gender and education. I would also do a pilot study and spend some time analysing the pilot data and reflecting on whether my interview/focus group questions could be improved before going for the main data collection. I changed my questions quite a lot after my pilot study. If it's qualitative it doesn't have to be large scale, so two sites should be fine - it might even be better to do a more in-depth ethnographic study of just one site.

Thread: PhD Acknowledgements

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06-Feb-14, 18:24
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Bevcha's idea is great - perfect solution :-)

TheEngineer - I just meant that the examiners and anyone else who reads the thesis will form an impression of the writer from the acknowledgements if they bother to read them. I have read my supervisor's thesis as well as those of other academics whose work I admire. If one of them had put 'for my mummy' in the dedication, I would think just a tiny bit less of them, and I would remember it every time I saw them or read one of their articles. It's a very small thing but I think it matters.
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