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Thread: Achieved my goal even with the lack of supervisors

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03-Apr-19, 21:02
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WELL DONE Zena85!

Very inspiring work, keep it up!

How did you make sure the chapters were concrete?





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Hello
I had a really toxic supervisors. The first one expressed his interest in publishing my research in his own name and gave the option by either getting my PhD or by getting a publication. There was a third option he forgot, I went to the the student coordinator and told him the story. Unfortunately this happened 6 months before my contract finishes for my PhD. He didn’t let me publish any of my research. The only time I went to a conference is by submitting the abstract without telling him. The only way I received a feedback from reviewers is by submitting the paper to a journal without telling him. He does not give me feedback or support after the first year. The second supervisor has no clue about my research at all. So I told the coordinator everything and of course he didn’t believe me but of course there is a chance I was telling the truth and the only way to fix the situation is by making the HoD involved. Of course the HoD is a dear friend with my supervisors and he did not believe anything I was telling him. I told him I want to submit my thesis this October and to have my viva in December. I finished five chapters and I am working on the last chapter. I was begging my supervisors to give me feedback but they don’t, i was begging them to have a meeting but they refuse so I don’t see the point of having supervisors at all. So he said I will be your supervisor so in this case I will avoid any further problems and make sure to receive feedback on the thesis. I got two feedback and it was mainly English and formatting (like heading number or figure caption) nothing technical at all. They told me I should apply for another six months to make the thesis more suitable, I said no we already agreed on the date. The HoD said I might end up with resubmission as the thesis as it is not good. I asked him is there anything wrong with the work he said no just the writing, I told him you had three months and you provided me with two feedback and it was only English and formatting so why I should end up with resubmission?so I submitted and got minor corrections. I filed a complaint against my supervisors as they were bad supervisors but the university did not do anything. The HoD Of course banned me from using the computer lab and from getting the master materials even though other students have the material. But I did not care, I submitted my final thesis today and proved them they are wrong.
My advice, do your work and believe in yourself, submit papers to journal as the reviewers feedback helps a lot like they helped me more than my supervisors, and all the best to all of you who is suffering from bad supervisors

Thread: Conference... my results have now changed...

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03-Apr-19, 20:47
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Nothing to worry about. A CONFERENCE paper is usually based on preliminary results and further analysis or concrete analysis can change the direction. Your collaborator will be excited that you found out another interesting aspect and you can now consider the conference input
At least if I was the collaborator🀣

Thread: Sharing my viva experience

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25-Sep-18, 01:13
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posted about 8 months ago
Congratulations Dr. Walkerfree, πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚
You are a free man nowπŸ’ƒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘

But I want to know, how you chose your conceptual framework, any tips?

Blog: Basic engineering

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16-Sep-18, 20:18
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Thank you so much for sharing these tips. Bests in your work and I hope you can develop your work while at work, publishing the little you have. Add some more tips when you have time.

I am interested to know though, what kind of confrontation do you sense was important with your supervisor? This might help also to know

Thread: Conference abstract - different results/changes

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04-Sep-18, 15:43
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posted about 8 months ago
πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

Thread: Supervisor Blues

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04-Sep-18, 01:23
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posted about 8 months ago
Do you have a support group where you can share your work for comments.
Sometimes you can turn a dead end into a glorious moment, by proving you can do it.
Find people in your field, share, discuss your work, edit and re-edit until very convincing,
Incase you don't hear from your supervisor but have done a good job you will present good work and get more comments at the conference,

Best wishes!






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I'm at the end of year 1 of a research MA in a Media Studies area. Progress to date led to a significant crossover into social psychology.

My chosen supervisor was excellent, but there was a lack of suitably qualified candidates for second. I approached someone I didn't know on recommendation from other students. My principal changed jobs early on so the roles swapped. In the first half of this year some serious stuff happened on the personal front for my former principal, now external second, who was consequently unavailable a few months.

Meetings with the new principal were few and far between, he was a no-show for two he himself arranged. He approved without question a flawed application related to the "mechanics" of research and only luck saved me from submitting a disaster. Along with other alarming observations, this shattered my confidence in his competence.

I have a major conference presentation next week. It's based on research completed since our last meeting, therefore beyond the abstract, not revised by anyone but me. Emails letting him know of this and two other acceptances, another asking for a look at my presentation before I give it got no response. Thank god my second emerged from the crises, responded and revised (no communication between them, so not arranged, just my second being competent).

Is it normal for supervisors to be wholly unreachable from early June to early September? I've been told I'm intimidating when I'm annoyed (mature student so same age as lecturers), which I was at our last meeting - it followed one he didn't show up for, and I'd reached a point of seeing him as incompetent. I genuinely tried hiding my feelings, but he might have picked up on my disgust and just not be inclined to respond to me.

What do I do? I could argue spillover into sociology and social psychology necessitates a supervisor with knowledge of that field, rather than media. Staff at my small institution are like family, though, requesting a change could cause me problems.

Thread: Conference abstract - different results/changes

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04-Sep-18, 01:15
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Yeah πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽΊπŸ˜Ž





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All was fine - you were all right! I'm still learning these things! Nerves now 100% settled. :-)

Thread: PhD dropout resume?

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26-Aug-18, 17:18
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Indeed, employers are looking for passionate and positive staff!


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Hi everyone thanks for reading this. As PhD quitter, I am looking for a real job but at the same time I need a part-time to pay bills. Do I have to write that I am a PhD dropout when applying for part-time position? I am planning to work as cashier at locate store or in a cafe or some kind and I am afraid people will not understand what I did as a phD student and that they might not hire me for this reason. But I don't want to lie either... what is your experience?


Just write that you are a graduate researcher for the time you were doing your PhD. And no, I do not think that they will discriminate you on being a PhD dropout. However. they will be reluctant to hire you if you display negative emotions or attitude at the interview. I have friends who dropped out from their PhD, worked for a while at odd jobs (cleaners, tutors, waitress, etc), before getting their full time position. The important thing is to display a positive attitude and not be bitter about quitting your PhD.

Thread: Conference abstract - different results/changes

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26-Aug-18, 17:05
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posted about 9 months ago
All the best Tudor!
But you can just inform the conference organisers that I have updated results, incase you can replace the abstract...they usually do that, it's just they make it seem impossible so that all participants are not always emailing with changes :-)

Thread: Publishable Theoretical Paper/Literature Survey Paper

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06-Jul-18, 20:49
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posted about 10 months ago
Thanks a lot Nad75 for the useful article,


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It's helpful to read 'how to' pieces by universities first. This is a helpful one that I used for an article which got published:

Thread: Publishable Theoretical Paper/Literature Survey Paper

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06-Jul-18, 20:48
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posted about 10 months ago
Thanks a lot for the advice Bloop,


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Nobody can help you with pointers for your literature study, if you do not give us a clear idea about what your topic is. Further, regardless of whether we do provide suitable suggestions for the review, the quality and originality, methodology, results and contributions will ultimately determine how publishable it is.

You can perhaps search for existing literature on your topic on Google Scholar and make strong arguments, based on existing studies and then perhaps, frame your theoretical model and discuss your findings.

Thread: Dropping out of PhD - what's next?

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06-Jul-18, 20:31
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I have benefited also. Maybe also add more to the procrastination part. How to overcome it!

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It's great you are getting help. Thanks for the feedback, I'll try to add more.

Often in my view the 2nd year can be the hardest. It's difficult to generalise but often the first year is all new and a bit more structured so it can go by fairly quickly (also you have an end of year exam to concentrate on). By the time you are in the later stages 3rd/4th year you have a block of work behind you and can feel the pressure of deadlines coming up so it is still anxious but drives focus. It's hard to generalise but the 2nd year can feel like drifting which is a different kind of anxiety and often more uncomfortable for some.

When you say you can tell from their facial expression... it is perhaps better to get clarity and I would suggest be quite direct about your concerns - it's your life so don't rely on mindreading. It's their job to help you and it's in their interests too. You can do this in a way that manages your image still - ie you don't want to give the impression you really want to stop.

If you were doing well initially you definitely have the ability and the question seems partly about motivation. One positive thing you should be able to do with a PhD is steer and shape it in the direction of things that give you interest. For instance, if you are really keen to talk to some people you could look at bringing in that kind of data source. If you like reading and secondary data sources you can steer things that way.

Another positive on procrastination this might sound a bit crazy but the best general suggestion I can offer is really work hard on your morning routine. If you get the first hour right it helps so much. And also start this the night before writing a 2-3 minute plan for the day. Again I can try and say more just let me know :)

Thread: Is it okay to expect advisor(s) to offer a word of condolence?

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06-Jul-18, 20:01
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posted about 10 months ago
Very sorry about your loss.

When I lost my Dad during Masters study, my Supervisor sent an email to check if I was back from home, and asked how I was?

By the time we met, he began from the email, which was easier for both of us. He didn't say much about the loss, gauging I could cry, but the general response I got was warmth, kindness, understanding.

Even if someone decides to keep quiet about your loss, but at least their actions, should be an assurance that they care what you are going through. A simple reply to your emails could have been a good gesture.

At PhD level, a Supervisor - Student relationship is more than just a dissertation. They are your first support structure. Yes you are right to expect at least some sympathy.

But because they proved to be from another planet than yours.....keep going, find other people that understand what you are going through, talk about your pain if need be, like you have done here, so it doesn't bottle up. Don't keep to yourself. It is well!

Thread: Publishable Theoretical Paper/Literature Survey Paper

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26-Jun-18, 10:35
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posted about 11 months ago
I would like forumites to please help me with strategies for writing my literature study in such a way that it becomes a publishable piece.

My field is Social Science.

In the end I want to build a theoretical framework/model that can help the analysis of my study results (gaps and the contribution of my study)

Thread: Supervisor Dilemma and Competency Issues

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05-Jun-18, 20:12
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posted about 11 months ago
TreeofLife and all, just to update you...managed to present my proposal today afternoon my time and apparently A, was very bad, spiting me and even lied about something that he said it exists when it doesn't exist. A senses am now more inclined to B in direction and thus still want control of the work. During the presentation, B stood for me through it all. B has gone the extra mile making personal arrangements with regards to next steps.

I am not sure if I should continue with A as the main or I formally ask for reshuffle....thinking about the futureπŸ˜₯
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