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Thread: advice on quitting phd

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12-Apr-16, 11:56
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posted about 4 years ago
Hi Storfisk,

Are you sure you want to quit? Might you benefit from having a week or so holiday and coming back with a fresh head? If you're sure or pretty certain, I'd suggest talking to your advisor.

If you do decide to quit...

I know someone who quit their PhD (engineering) and he is very successful. Apparently it was no problem with potential employers for him. At the end of the day, people do realise things are not for them. And no doubt you will have gained some valuable experience/skills from the last 2 years.

Re the funding repayments. Are you sure?! I have never heard of this. My Masters was funded by the same studentship as I am now on for my PhD. And if I quit at any time I am not obligated to pay anything back. Equally, if you were asked to stop because you weren't meeting the standard, you could not be expected to pay anything back. The only thing that would need to be paid back as far as mine is concerned is if I had received a payment for that month and I had quit/was in the process of quitting. Then I would have to pay back that month. This is outlined in my funding guidance. Do you have a similar guidance document you can check? Otherwise, ask your advisor.

Good luck with everything.

Tudor.

Thread: Advice...Supervisors...

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11-Apr-16, 12:44
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posted about 4 years ago
Yeh, I agree. It can be annoying but just swallow it and move on when it happens. Annoying but it will probably get better as they get to know you etc and you take more of your own charge as ToL says.

Thread: Student from another university harassing me

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10-Apr-16, 14:55
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posted about 4 years ago
Sounds rather worrying. I don't know what others think about this, but I think I would even consider making my supervisor aware of the situation. Your supervisor may indeed suggest that you report it to her institution. I would certainly take it seriously and be very careful (!). She could try to damage your reputation, for example (not sure how, but I'm sure she could be creative). That is why I think it would be good to let someone at your institution know sooner rather than later. Hopefully the Facebook reporting will work. Good luck.

Thread: Desperately need help!

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08-Apr-16, 19:04
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posted about 4 years ago
Done, all the best

Thread: PhD, funding advice..

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08-Apr-16, 18:59
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posted about 4 years ago
Hi Hopeful - congrats on your acceptances. Persevere for funding! I am not in arts and humanities (though I've done some teaching in that faculty at my uni as there is some crossover with my topic). So coming from a different area but perhaps equally competitive, I have two possible suggestions. First, outside of your Masters do you have some research assistant experience? If not, it might strengthen your application if you could get some - maybe by volunteering if no paid roles are available. Second, I would ask each uni for specific feedback, i.e., how were others' profiles stronger than mine, and what would strengthen my application next time. Finally, a slightly different approach but perhaps a possibility. A friend of mine was so determined to do her PhD that she started it by self-funding. Now she is nearly a year in (part-time), and she is applying for funding. It is a risk, as she may not get it. But her supervisors think she has a good chance, as she has already demonstrated that her project is up and running and has a good chance of success. So my final suggestion is that you could find out if there are funding opportunities available for once you've already registered and embarked on your PhD. I defo agree with Chickpea that part-time PhD would be preferable to a third Masters!

Thread: Is a PhD really right for me?

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07-Apr-16, 20:26
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posted about 4 years ago
Apologies. My response was short because I wasn't sure what you were asking. Actually, I thought some of your questions were rhetorical. So I tried to get to the heart of the matter: what do you want. If you want it and will put in the hard work, then chances are you will get it. But if you don't really want it, and/or will not put in the hard work, chances are you won't - so perhaps choose something else to do.

Thread: Is a PhD really right for me?

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05-Apr-16, 15:12
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posted about 4 years ago
If you are determined to do the PhD then you will. Otherwise, probably not. It sounds like you need to decide whether you want to, and then see about what you can do to get you motivated again.

Thread: Doubts regarding continuing or not the PhD

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04-Apr-16, 10:17
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A lot of people I knew weren't enjoying their PhD at 3 months - myself included, actually. Then it got better. It's worth hanging in there if it is what you want. On the other hand, if you think you will want to quit it every time things get tough, then you may as well quit now since there'll be plenty more of that ahead!
Bottom line - do you want to do your PhD? I think you will start to enjoy it if you persevere. : ) At this stage, maybe talk to someone you find inspiring or motivating - an old advisor or lecturer for example. That could help. Also, with the tasks at hand (e.g., lit report) set yourself small achievable goals/sections. Good luck!!!

Thread: Citing personal communication in your paper

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03-Apr-16, 10:06
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Thank you - good to know. I will check with the individual then out of etiquette I think, even if the journal itself doesn't ask for it. No, it is not general advice or acknowledgement or thanks - it is personal communication!

Thread: SPSS Help?!?!

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31-Mar-16, 12:54
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posted about 4 years ago
I don't think so, if the data are completely anonymous e.g., variable name and a bunch of numbers. People use data for examples in lectures and in textbooks even. But you could always ask your supervisor or a colleague to check it.

Thread: another thing I need to get off my chest - needy friends

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31-Mar-16, 11:04
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posted about 4 years ago
Hi Satchi

I have had a similar situation with a needy friend. I stopped responding to emails and calls etc, and just really let it cool down. When I did respond I emphasised how busy I'd been etc. I had to harden my heart to the guilt I was feeling (at the same time as feeling utterly irritated with the friend! - such a horrible conflict!). Anyway, we seem to have struck quite a happy balance now. The friend doesn't write me such long emails so frequently (I felt like I was being used as a diary actually), and I reply as and when I want to. I was really careful though because, although it was driving me insane, I did not want to lose the friendship.

Good luck!

Thread: Applying for PhDs... is it normal to feel like I'm losing my mind?

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31-Mar-16, 10:48
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Hi Likewhat. It was a really stressful time for me too. I knew it was what I wanted to do but set backs sort of hit you in the face and leave you wondering if you should keep trying or not. My advice is, if it is really what you want to do, don't give up. You could chase and find out when they will let you know by. I think it does good to let them know you are eager - no harm anyway. It is completely normal to feel like you're feeling - but don't let it take over - do something else, watch a movie, look at what other options are out there for your Plan B. Good luck!!!!

Thread: Citing personal communication in your paper

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31-Mar-16, 10:03
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Thanks for your reply. Hmmm, I don't think so. I am sorted with the what to write part - it was defo personal communication about a specific aspect of how something works. My question is though - is it ok to go ahead and say that in my paper, or should I ask permission from the individual first.

Thread: Citing personal communication in your paper

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31-Mar-16, 09:06
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posted about 4 years ago
Hello all

I understand the technical rules about how to cite personal communication with another academic in a paper. However, are there some informal rules/etiquette to abide by also? I had some email correspondence about how to use a particular tool, and the author of the tool gave me some advice. So I have cited that as personal communication in my paper (due to be submitted for publication shortly). I just wondered though if I should have asked him first whether or not that could be cited?

I'd be grateful if you could answer if you have experience or knowledge of this - not just opinions.

Cheers everyone!

Thread: SPSS Help?!?!

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30-Mar-16, 21:14
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posted about 4 years ago
You can email me if you like and if it is not going to take a long time. :) What exactly is it that you need checking - just that variables are entered correctly?
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