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Thread: Need some advice on how to motivate oneself?

04-Jan-18, 04:19
by Jane92
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posted about 2 weeks ago
I'm in the exact same position, i have only just started, i'm drowning in literature and to top it all off i've been asked to write 2 papers in the next couple of months, as well as start my research out in the field.

To be honest, at first I felt like I genuinely didn't know what i was doing and so I did nothing, I went into uni and just sat on my phone all day.

But luckily I have excellent supervisors who are highly motivated - so they've steered me into the direction of tasks ( noted above ). So my advise to you, and to myself... is to take baby steps, each day. Don't put too much pressure on yourself.

In regards to being alone, I totally sympathise - i'm from the UK but moved to NZ for my PhD, I know no one and it's very isolating - however it's like any University journey, it takes time to make friends and to find your feet. You're at the very beginning of a big journey ahead, everything isn't going to fall into place straight away. Chin up - and remember, baby steps.

Thread: Should i seek the publication of a controversial paper?

04-Jan-18, 04:04
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by Jane92
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posted about 2 weeks ago
I'm sorry to hear that you're in this very awkward situation, but as I understand it, Academia is a somewhat selfish arena in which you have to stand by what you believe in, even if your supervisor isn't on the same page as you.

At the end of the day, your supervisor has already got their place in this Arena and I must agree with Dunham, others will probably see the flaws in the paper ( lets be honest, academics love to draw on the negatives of a paper more than the positives) and this will more than definitely stay with you for most of your career.

Your career is just starting out, don't let it be on the foundation of a clearly stupid, unsupportive supervisor.

Thread: Advice needed on cataloging literature

04-Jan-18, 03:50
by Jane92
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I'm new to this forum and to the PhD world ( Only started in September 17) and unlike my MSc, as you can imagine, i'm already reading and collecting a lot more literature.

How have people found the best method to catalogue their literature?

In all honesty, what I used to do for my BA and MSc was either print out the journal article, or make notes in a note book if it was a book (obviously i couldn't print out the entire book). As for my bibliography I used to just add to it as I went. 4 months into my PhD and well ahead with my literature reading, I'm feeling this method may not be sustainable - thus I have been looking at other options, but i'm still stuck at which is potentially the best.

What have others found that work well?

Several other students I have spoken with have adopted the use of Mendeley and Endnote, however i'm not sure if this would suit me.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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