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Thread: I'm failing grad school

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19-Nov-18, 21:53
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Can you seek counselling from somewhere? Get some treatment for depression? It sounds like you really need to complete this PhD. It's probably not as bad as it seems, you can still recover from this. Try to ask some other people in your cohort if they can help you pass the class maybe?

Thread: PhD Affecting all of my Relationships (family, friends, partner)

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19-Nov-18, 21:50
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Hi, yes I know this feeling. It's been the same for me to be honest. All of my close friends are now married with kids and at a very different stage in their lives to me (I'm in a teaching focused academic position). I don't know what the answer is. I work more and see my friends less. I don't really mind though because I don't particularly want to sit around and talk about babies all day anyway. You may find it changes for you once you finish your PhD.

Thread: Postdoc application misery...

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06-Nov-18, 20:35
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Keep going, you know it's a numbers game. Eventually you'll get something.

Thread: How Much Do My Exam Results Matter

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02-Oct-18, 18:17
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A pass is fine at masters level. No one really looks at grades.

Thread: PhD time commitments on campus

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02-Oct-18, 18:15
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This is generally up to your supervisors. I imagine it totally varies, some are in every day 9-5 and others only pop in. You will benefit from being around peers though, rather than trying to work in isolation.

If you are doing a fulltime PhD, I wouldn't consider working, because it's really difficult to sustain both. If you're funded, you might find a stipulation with how many hours you can work e.g. only 6 hours per week during work hours on non-research focused work in the department.

Thread: MRes application

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02-Oct-18, 18:02
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You need to email the uni and tell them about your dilemma and ask them to speed up the process or confirm to you that it's all finalised.

Thread: Help with starting out on PhD

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27-Sep-18, 12:11
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When you get back from holiday, make reading about how to survive your PhD a priority - and by priority I mean make it the first thing you do. Read through this forum, read some blogs on Thesiswhisperer.com and consider a book such as The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research.

Thread: PhD depressed partner - how can I help?

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30-Aug-18, 09:13
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No you're not desperate. It's hard for an outside observer to know what your relationship is like, but I do know what a PhD can be like. It sounds like he's struggling to cope with his PhD and everything else combined. I would tell him that you still what to be with him but that you'll give him some space at the moment. Tell him you'll still go to the city he's in as planned and he can see how he feels then.

Of course, there's always the thing that he didn't want to be with you and he is using this as an excuse, or that he has met someone else, but if you don't think these are options then I would do the above.

Thread: 3rd yeard PhD and I feel hopeless

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29-Aug-18, 12:18
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Sounds good, best of luck with it!

Thread: Online or Blended Learning Masters Nutrition?

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29-Aug-18, 12:14
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What's your purpose for undertaking the masters?

Thread: PhD dropout - finding jobs :(

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29-Aug-18, 12:13
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1st company (STEM): i mentioned about lack of guidance and ironically i was called in for second interview. I later declined it because i find that i dont have the chemistry-related lab expertise to perform well on the job. (is this a legit better reason to give- i was told to not state any negative aspects of my time there but for this situation, i went with my gut feeling).

But for research related jobs, i may need to give a slightly different reason. I really need help on this part, hope i can get valuable feedback on this.


Personally I wouldn't mention lack of guidance as that can be a red flag for some, e.g. if they want to you to be independent and not need hand holding (not saying you did). And yes, avoid the word 'overwhelming' lol.

For research related jobs, maybe say you realise you really enjoy bench work and working in labs, but you realised academic life with all the trimmings wasn't for you? You might then be asked what you perceive the differences to be outside of academia, so be prepared to have an answer for this.

Thread: Short survey

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29-Aug-18, 12:06
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I did it because of rewt's comment! It was interesting. No horses though!

Thread: 3rd yeard PhD and I feel hopeless

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29-Aug-18, 11:47
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Ok, seems your main issue is overcoming writers block. There are many techniques for overcoming this. Have you tried some of them? Like telling yourself you're going to write for 5 minutes without editing? Or saying you're going to write rubbish but it's ok because you're going to delete it after (and then don't)? Or just making some bullet points? Or pomodoros where you work for 20 mins then take a 10 minute break?

I've tried all of these things and they all work for me (although sometimes it's like pulling teeth). My general daily technique though is clearing all the little things I have to do, until there's nothing else to do, but start work. Even then sometimes I can't face it, so I start by formatting things. Once I've got a nicely formatted title/headings or table or something, then I'm motivated to start writing something. For the last 2-3 months, my work procrastination has been terrible. I think it's because my deadlines seem so far away. It's starting to pick up now finally (probably because I have 3000 words to write by Monday and I haven't written one word yet!).

Thread: How to include all. Phd application critical writing, cover letter and CV.

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22-Aug-18, 15:03
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Attach your cover letter as with the other things they have asked for. There's almost a standard format for these, so make sure you google that.

I've not seen critical writing asked for. Do you have something you've already done for a master's thesis or something? If you've done some research, your discussion should have been critical. If you're writing something from scratch, then pick a relevant topic and write a short analysis of it comparing and contrasting different theories or results.

Thread: Mphil scenario

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21-Aug-18, 18:05
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:

Would you still recommend just submit the thesis anyway since it should pass (on the basis of its content - not on the basis of that person's learning and development through the whole process)? Or would you consider recommending the MPhil is a viable option here... if that person can manage to secure funding elsewhere for another PhD?

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Yes I would still recommend submitting it anyway. At the end of the day, whatever lofty ideals we may have, a PhD is about an individual presenting a thesis containing an original contribution to knowledge worthy of publication and who has the ability to pursue independent original research. If someone has met these criteria, then they should be awarded a PhD.

It feels kind of wrong if someone has just ticked a few boxes to get a PhD (and I know a few of these), but not when they did their best to have a great PhD experience and it didn't work out, like you're saying. I really don't see the point in submitting for an MPhil when you've done enough work for a PhD.
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