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Thread: PhD attendance type?

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10-Apr-18, 12:51
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posted about 2 weeks ago
Like rewt, I prefer to work on campus, with a dedicated workspace and office hours.
Lectures would be in the first two years, but it probably depends on the program and what type of training you need for your methods and data collection. I'm using a method that I'm already comfortable with for a social science thesis (full time), so I only needed one class that met once a week, and got it done in the first semester. Any additional classes are optional. However, others are taking 1 or 2 classes every semester to familarise themselves with theories and methods. Supervisor meetings are only once a month, and can be done on Skype.

Thread: The in-between time of job applications and thesis defence, advice needed

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03-Apr-18, 11:51
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Ok, good to know, thanks for the advice bewildered!

Thread: The in-between time of job applications and thesis defence, advice needed

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02-Apr-18, 13:46
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A question for those who have applied to jobs while defending:

So, the upcoming academic year is my 'final' year, and I plan on submitting the 'intent to submit' around Christmas, and will defend in the spring. I noticed that job adverts for the following academic year begin showing up online around November, with closing applications the next month or so. Some say 'close to completing PhD' as the requirement.

Since I will be in this in-between stage of waiting to defend, is there a special term I can use on the CV? I think in America it is ABD (all but dissertation), where it signals to the employer that necessary coursework is completed. However, here the coursework is the thesis itself!

Additionally, I would be open to any advice from those who have sent applications while awaiting the defence. (This also probably applies to similar time frame of submitting thesis in spring, defending the autumn while also waiting to start the job in the autumn.)

Thanks in advance!

Thread: Unable to complete Ph.D.! Please advise to quit easily!

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09-Mar-18, 18:23
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He needs to talk to student services at the university or the director of research in his department, because 'who to contact' is not something we can really advise on. I think the Master's downgrade still requires a 'pass' of submitting written work. (around 50-60,000 words for some programs).

Thread: Do examiners read the journals in our reference?

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17-Jan-18, 11:13
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posted about 3 months ago
In the humanities, some examiners (at least 2 that I know of) do begin by reading abstract, intro, then scanning the bibliography before reading through the entire thesis. They said it gives them an idea of how your orientate your work, and as Tree said, if you've hit all the 'correct' references.

Thread: Supervisor doesn't read PhD thesis

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14-Jan-18, 14:58
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Wow, he really isn't doing his job at all! I think you are definitely entitled to complain to the director of PG studies, as he is taking advantage of the power relations in this situation. It is also unfair for the co-supervisor (secondary?) to be reviewing more than your primary supervisor.

May I ask if you had both agreed to a defined schedule of draft submissions and an anticipated timeline for critique throughout your process? I pushed for that and set it up right away in my first month, which I have found to be helpful, although I know many students prefer not to have hard deadlines for submission and critique. Even if you didn't have a defined schedule, the lack of attention to your needs as a student (server and timely critique) shouldn't go unnoticed by those who do promotions.

Thread: Advice needed on cataloging literature

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08-Jan-18, 12:07
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posted about 3 months ago
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I think this depends on the subject maybe. For me in a Science subject, I found a searchable reference manager like Mendeley to be all I needed. I annotated the PDFs in it if needed. For me, it's much quicker when I know I've read something somewhere, but can't remember where. I can't see how that would work if I was printing everything.


Very true, and most people work great with searchable reference managers! I'm the only one that I know of in my humanities/social science department doing this method. I thankfully don't have to work with quantitative literature reviews or data, so I mostly deal with short quotes which work well for index cards. The system I use wouldn't work very well with quantitative papers.

Thread: Advice needed on cataloging literature

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04-Jan-18, 11:05
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Hey Jane92,

Yes, I think different methods suit different styles of learning/synthesising. I've tried Endnote and other reference managers, but I've only really progressed once I switched to the traditional notecard method. I've also found out that I actually remember the content of each article/chapter better once I've handwritten it twice and thematised it. If you're curious, this is my method:

This works for both physical and electronic sources. For PDFs, and organise them in 'Literature review' folder under the theme/concept I'm exploring. I have a large lined paper notebook in which I list everything I've read by bibliographic information in the back (an un-alphabetical 'works cited' type page), and write down direct quotations of the article that I find useful in the front. I also quickly summarise the article into a short, 5 sentence annotated bibliography. After I have gone through the article and feel like I've sufficiently copied the useful bits, I then put them on notecards. Front top of the index card is author(date), and theme that I'm categorising the index card under later, in a large rolodex type box. I then write the direct quote on the back w/page number and then write a parphrase in my words of the quote on the front of the index card. I file it away, and pull them out when I'm ready to write. That way, I can 'write around' direct quotations if I want, or already plug in my paraphrase of the quote.

This method words the best for me, and my supervisors said they're really pleased by how everything is synthesised, rather than a laundry list of (cf....). It also makes a great stack of physical notes in which I can re-theme and use for an article quickly, or presentation.

To each their own, and I'm curious what methods work for others, besides the electronic reference managers. I found this method online when I was getting frustrated by not remembering when I just copy and paste.

Thread: My article status is awaiting decision since 1 week. How long i should wait?

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28-Dec-17, 10:57
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But my paper is already went for minor revision. Now it passed through awaiting recommendation. Now the status is awaiting decision.


Ah, good, congratulations! If you had minor revisions from peer-review than it's most likely a pass and awaiting decision is a formality that they'll do once the semester is back in session. If the journal does online publishing ahead of print, then you'll get a decision on the date it'll be available online.

Thread: My article status is awaiting decision since 1 week. How long i should wait?

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27-Dec-17, 12:07
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posted about 4 months ago
Most universities are on holiday break now and begin teaching in a couple of weeks. So, don't expect a reply until then. The journal's webpage usually has an expected time frame, I think it 3-6 weeks is normal for the editor's decision at passing an article onto peer review or desk-rejecting it.

Thread: How were your viva examiners selected?

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11-Dec-17, 11:00
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Hey Tudor,

My partner is going through this process now. He discussed it with his professor and they made a list of five people. The hard part was deciding if the contacts should be based more on methods or knowledge of the case study. (This is in a humanities discipline.) In the end, they had a good mix. They personally knew some of them. He prepared a 3-page thesis rationale (outline) and an abstract and the professor sent to the first one. It took about 3 weeks until one was chosen, as the supervisor sometimes had to field some questions about the topic if the potential examiner was unsure if they'd be suitable.

Thread: Part-time vs full-time

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11-Dec-17, 10:54
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posted about 4 months ago
Hey N,

I'm studying Politics at Nottingham. Self-funded, international and classified as a 'mature student'. :) Although, I think most of us first years are 35+ . I've had to make a decision to either work part-time and take all four years, or really push hard to finish in two and live off savings, and I think the latter plan is what I'm going for! Which uni are you attending? (also feel free to PM!)

Thread: Letter to potential supervisors for PhD

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10-Dec-17, 16:45
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posted about 4 months ago
In my experience, the professors appreciate having a well-written proposal with research questions/hypothesis, timeline, background reading (mini literature review). It gives them an idea of how you envision your research path, how much you know now, and where they can offer suggestions for improvement.

Thread: Part-time vs full-time

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10-Dec-17, 16:42
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posted about 4 months ago
It depends on the requirements during the first year. My university required for autumn: a mandatory class (3 hours/week), plus a 4-hour block once a week for meetings. I can technically only show up for two days during the week, if I wanted to. No classes needed for spring semester, though or going forward. Supervisor meetings are usually only once a month and are an hour or less.
I'm also encouraged to be affiliated with a research centre, and they have meetings/talks every two weeks or so.

The first substantial piece of writing is due on the one-year mark (8,000-10,000 words, usually a literature review chapter. Considering the first six months is usually reading and notes, with some writing building up, I think you would be okay working part-time while being a student full-time. You need some strong self-discipline, but I gather you're good with that if you've been running your own business! I know several students who have to work part time, time is tight but they easily meet all their deadlines. Some students have admitted to only needing to really work on the PhD 3 hours a day. Make sure you have a good reading and note taking method, and you should be fine.

I'm in a humanities/social science discipline. You might need different advice if you're going into the hard sciences.

Thread: PHD survival book recommendation

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29-Nov-17, 14:38
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posted about 5 months ago
I found that the PhD books mentioned by newlease are very helpful. They provide a glimpse into the necessary frameworks that are expected in the different parts of the thesis product. It is good that you are preparing this far in advance. I also prepared 9 months before by gathering literature, making notes, learning about different methods. Due to that, I'm almost a year ahead of my colleagues, which helps if you plan on graduating earlier to save money/get into the job market. It is also helpful for you to learn different notetaking techniques and see which one works for you the best.
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