Overview of Jamie_Wizard

Overview

Avatar placeholder
Jamie_Wizard
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 at 4:13pm
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 at 5:06pm
57
Login to send a private message to Jamie_Wizard
page 1 of 4 recent posts

Thread: Postgrad Forum Hall of Fame

posted
25-Apr-18, 17:06
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 23 hours ago
Fantastic :-) Thanks PJLU. My supervisor and I are about to submit the corrections :-) All the best!

Thread: Postgrad Forum Hall of Fame

posted
22-Apr-18, 15:38
edited about 28 seconds later
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 4 days ago
Congratulations PJLU :-)

Thread: Moving all deadlines to a future date...

posted
12-Apr-18, 15:43
edited about 33 seconds later
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 2 weeks ago
Quote From pm133:
[quote]It's maybe time to move on.


I agree :-)

Thread: Moving all deadlines to a future date...

posted
10-Apr-18, 16:57
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 2 weeks ago
Glad you have sorted your situation. I'm sure you'll be fine :-)

Thread: Have I failed my Ph.D??

posted
10-Apr-18, 11:23
edited about 9 seconds later
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 2 weeks ago
I think you can do it, especially given you have got this far and, importantly, you have your data :-)

Actually, you could write your papers at the same time you write the corresponding chapters. Also peer review on that work might afford useful feedback which can feed back into the thesis.

Good luck :-)

Thread: Managing corrections -- working with sup. whilst working fulltime

posted
08-Apr-18, 10:48
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 2 weeks ago
Excellent news Pjlu. You're pretty much done now! I've sent my thesis corrections spreadsheet to my supervisor but he's away at a conference. Although I've made the amendments to the thesis, I will do a final grammar check (my main issue is comma splicing on lengthy technical sentences). Hopefully it won't take too long, but I'm learning to be patient with the whole process.

Good luck!

Thread: Moving all deadlines to a future date...

posted
07-Apr-18, 09:33
edited about 9 seconds later
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 2 weeks ago
Quote From pm133:
Quote From Jamie_Wizard:
Quote From pm133:
So long as it is Tudor who is setting and controlling those deadlines then that is fine.
The problem would be if the deadlines were being set by the supervisors.


That's ludicrous. Deadlines are a part of life! Sure, it's her own PhD and should be able to negotiate deadlines and milestones, but to say that they can't be suggested or imposed from the outside is unpractical and just not how life works! What if one were to have that attitude towards the 4 year hard deadline for full-time students that the universities stipulate? how far would that get them? (rhetorical). What about deadlines for funding applications?


In TudorQueen's case we are neither talking about hard 4 year deadlines nor deadlines for funding applications.
We were talking about general deadlines during a PhD.
Context is everything.


In TudorQueen's case, being in the final year is the context that is "everything"!. especially when a hard deadline exists. This is why I was reframing deadlines as milestones so as to have a healthier means of acheiving them, or moving them a little. In anycase all you were adding to the conversation was saying "oh, I don't do deadlines", lol.

Thread: Moving all deadlines to a future date...

posted
06-Apr-18, 12:16
edited about 1 minute later
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 2 weeks ago
Hi Tudor,

In my opinion, I think you have nothing to worry about. It's natural to get feel a bit sick
of it at times, taking a step back could definitely be helpful as long as it doesn't turn
into full-blown procrastination.

Deadlines, unfortunately are a part of life. Ideally, there should more flexible deadlines
when studying for a doctorate due to the amount of work and complexity of the process.
Most UK universities have 4 year hard deadline for F/T students. As Pjlu points out, keeping
a deadline in mind helps to reduce sudden pressures on both sides. So it's best to
mentally reframe it - substituting the idea of deadlines for milestones in the PhD
might be a better way to create a framework for what you want to achieve.

Perhaps you can use the time before you go away to create a general writing-up plan to serve
as a guide, nothing too strict, but say, for example, an outline and a set of milestones such
as the idea of completing the equivalent of 1 chapter per month when you return.

It's absolutely fine to take a step back from the writing and then get back into it with
a fresh sense of perspective and more of a focus :-)

As for finishing within three years, I think that's not really necessary unless one is
constrained by limited funding. I would advocate spending the 3 years to maximise the
depth of the research, and expedite this only if possible without reducing the quality.

In my case, my advisor during my upgrade advised me of the possibility to get my doctorate
by publication, but I did want to go through the traditional write-up process for the
experience of it! In retrospect... we in all fairness one can see a development in writing
style from writing up, so in that respect, despite the challenges, it has been beneficial.

Good luck and enjoy your trip! :-)

Thread: Moving all deadlines to a future date...

posted
06-Apr-18, 12:10
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 2 weeks ago
Quote From pm133:
So long as it is Tudor who is setting and controlling those deadlines then that is fine.
The problem would be if the deadlines were being set by the supervisors.


That's ludicrous. Deadlines are a part of life! Sure, it's her own PhD and should be able to negotiate deadlines and milestones, but to say that they can't be suggested or imposed from the outside is unpractical and just not how life works! What if one were to have that attitude towards the 4 year hard deadline for full-time students that the universities stipulate? how far would that get them? (rhetorical). What about deadlines for funding applications?

Thread: Managing corrections -- working with sup. whilst working fulltime

posted
04-Apr-18, 11:40
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 3 weeks ago
Cheers. Will do :-)

Thread: Managing corrections -- working with sup. whilst working fulltime

posted
02-Apr-18, 20:18
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 3 weeks ago
Hi T_Q,

Hopefully it will go well for you, despite the pressure :-)

All the best,
J-W

Thread: Managing corrections -- working with sup. whilst working fulltime

posted
01-Apr-18, 21:46
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 3 weeks ago
Hi again PjLu,

Thanks for your comments and encouragement.

Yes. I guess you are right, I should see the positive side. The work is done now - gosh I really worked so hard day and night to get this done - I just have to finalise the spreadsheet for the examiner.

That's a great role you have, and by the sounds of it you're very passionate about it!

Thread: Managing corrections -- working with sup. whilst working fulltime

posted
28-Mar-18, 17:14
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 1 month ago
cheers for that pm133 :-)

Thread: Managing corrections -- working with sup. whilst working fulltime

posted
28-Mar-18, 13:36
edited about 13 seconds later
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 1 month ago
Hi T_Q and PjLu,

Haha T_Q, I really like your logical deduction and reasoning!

It did indeed feel like I was being put at the bottom of the to-do list, perhaps for the reasons you suggested. I do thing the whole strikes thing in the UK has had an impact as lecturers are having a spike in their workloads to catch-up.

It happens that he did get back to me last night with some minor ammendments whilst he is still
going through the rest of the chapter.

PJLU, yes. I had a meeting with my supervisor about the corrections shortly after the viva. Thanks for shedding light on the process at your institution. All of my interactions have been solely through my single supervisor. I guess I should ask if another faculty member, such as my advisor, should also read my thesis before it's submitted to the internal examiner. I believe such a process could have caught the issues before the viva exam.

Thank you both again, particularly for your empathy, which does help me feel that I'm not alone in this whole Kafkaesque examinations experience. In retrospect it would have been good if I had discovered this forum before my submission and viva so as to learn from others experiences.

Warm wishes to all!

Thread: Managing corrections -- working with sup. whilst working fulltime

posted
27-Mar-18, 10:42
edited about 34 seconds later
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 1 month ago
pm133: You were given a list of needed corrections so is there a reason why you didn't complete them all before handing it back to your supervisors?

> The corrections ARE completed! I said mostly completed because I can't consider the analysis/discussion final until my supervisor has given feedback. He may love it or think it needs re-writing or sectioning it in a certain way.

This is your PhD not theirs and it sounds to me that you might be struggling to accept total ownership of the process. I am guessing that is because you are absolutely desperate to get this all finished.

> Woah, what a genius you are! Don't you think all the users of the forum who have published, submitted and went through their viva to have amendments are "desperate" to finish their PhD? Don't most people who have corrections get them done and dusted?

Of course I take ownership of my thesis! In fact despite being upset at having the corrections to do, I did use this as an opportunity to improve my work further and have, despite worrying, adopted a positive mindset towards the work. Now all I want is to be able to move forwards and receive feedback on the hard work I've done since October. This is what's causing me to worry.

Unfortunately it doesn't work like that and you need to be careful that you are not pissing your supervisor off by trying to force the issue.

> Perhaps I am trying to force the issue, but it's because there are blocks of my time during the weekends where I can work on perfecting the amendments.

I am working at a renowned research institute, and I already have demanding projects that I am working on.
page 1 of 4 recent posts

Postgraduate
Forum

Copyright ©2017
All rights reserved

Postgraduate Forum

Masters Degrees

PhD Opportunities

PostgraduateForum is a trading name of FindAUniversity Ltd
FindAUniversity Ltd, Sellers Wheel, 151 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU, United Kingdom. Tel +44 (0) 114 268 4940 Fax: +44 (0) 114 268 5766