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Thread: Best way to do thesis appendices

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22-Jan-19, 11:29
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Hello all

I'm just trying to figure out the best way to do my thesis appendices. There are a variety of materials I need to present, eg. ethics letters, worksheets. I am thinking I could convert them all to a particular format and copy and paste them in. Any advice on which format works best? I.e., will be good quality even when you zoom in and won't slow down my whole word document and make it freeze (I am still writing other parts of the thesis). Just thought I might be able to get some tips from those who have been there before me!

Cheers
Tudor

Thread: Any advice on first year progression/transfer report

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17-Jan-19, 11:32
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It just goes to show how much variation there is. Mine lasted 20 mins or half an hour at the most. I would have preferred one like Kenziebob's as that would have been more like prep for the real viva.

Thread: Any advice on first year progression/transfer report

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14-Jan-19, 20:48
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Also, search this forum, as I know that I have seen similar threads in the past.

Thread: CFA or EFA

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14-Jan-19, 09:53
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Ha! It sounds rather similar to that! I think I would have left (and perhaps they would have got rid of me) if it were not for the fact that a) the other part of the job should be more up my street, and b) they have paid for me to undergo training for it (the other part of the job that is).

It's awkward and annoying though... I can't stand being unproductive and feeling like I was paid for nothing at the end of the day. Going to have another crack at understanding it now. I wish me luck!

Thread: CFA or EFA

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13-Jan-19, 14:25
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Yeh, I feel pretty much the same way about it... and quite exasperated. It's for a systematic review. After trying to get my head around it for a few weeks, I was pretty straight with the manager about the lack of progress I'd made and why (lack of experience/skills) and that in order for me to make progress I think I need direct guidance from someone. But alas - nothing. I'll see how I get on next week and then raise it again and simply say I need to do something else if direct guidance isn't available. It's not a comfortable situation to be in - being paid and yet not producing tangible results. On the plus side - it's all experience (yeh right!) and it makes finishing my thesis seem like a piece of cake (ie. at least I can understand it)!

Thread: Professional proofreader before or after viva?

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12-Jan-19, 22:07
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I also agree with AlphaOmega. If you seriously think you are going to have to re-write your thesis or large parts of it, then having it proofread after would make sense. But why would you be submitting if you honestly felt that way about it?

Thread: Professional proofreader before or after viva?

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12-Jan-19, 22:06
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Definitely before. I read an article the other day that said that one of the things that examiners judge the thesis by is the readability/grammar side of things. Re your concern about needing it proofread twice (if you did get it done before the viva) - this wouldn't be necessary. You can simply highlight your corrections and proofread those parts yourself (or have someone else do it).

That said, as a native English speaker, I wouldn't invest in a professional proofreading service unless you are really concerned about it. I would just proofread it myself and have kind friends proofread parts of it for me.

Thread: Conference funding application - justification

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12-Jan-19, 21:00
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Thanks Eng! And here is the link that helped me (in case anyone else on this forum has a similar query): http://www.globalacademicinstitute.com/8-reasons-to-attend-international-academic-conferences/

Thread: CFA or EFA

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12-Jan-19, 20:58
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Thanks pm133 - I am doing that latter thing you suggest but still struggling greatly. I am not familiar with these methods at all. It is a new RA job, and nowhere on the job spec did it say I would need to know/have experience in these methods. And since this is a big part of the role, I am pretty annoyed. I'm trying to learn of course but somehow I don't think I am in the best place to review papers on such techniques when I have never used them myself. Just reading about it and trying to understand doesn't seem to help. I think that I would need some expertise in the methodology to be able to review how others have used it. The job has turned out to be a nightmare! Sorry this has turned into a rant. Nice to correspond with you again after a while!

Thread: Conference funding application - justification

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11-Jan-19, 15:24
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All done! Once I got going, it wasn't hard after all! Thanks anyway :)

Thread: CFA or EFA

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11-Jan-19, 13:05
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Is there a simple way to easily tell if a study is using EFA vs CFA? I don't use either of these techniques but need to assess methodological quality on a few papers. So I've read up on what they are, and why they are used. Problem is, papers say things like "factor analysis was run" but don't always explicitly say whether it was confirmatory or exploratory. I know the general background of what each method does - ie. to test a hypothesised structure (CFA) or to come up with a structure (EFA). But this isn't really helping, as it seems as though it could be either (i.e., testing or coming up with a structure for a scale they are interested in)!
Cheers

Thread: Conference funding application - justification

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11-Jan-19, 11:58
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Probably an inexperienced question... any help appreciated...

I'm applying for funding to attend a conference and the form is asking what benefits of me attending the conference are - and it wants a few hundred words justification. My main benefit is that I will get to disseminate this piece of research. Obviously I will meet people and hear about others work. And I will talk with people and establish new connections for possible future collaborations. But how to turn that into a detailed response of a few hundred words? Maybe I should cite particular groups who I know will be there whose work is of interest to me?! Any ideas would be helpful.

Thread: PhD Viva Panic ... Thesis full of mistake and its so disappointing

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06-Jan-19, 18:52
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Absolutely agree with above. Go prepared and with the right attitude about things that might come up. They've probably seen worse in all their experience. I haven't had mine yet but I have concerns about issues with my thesis (I wish it was typos but it's more substantive stuff... basically, it's pretty crap... the result of a bad PhD experience full stop). Anyway, I raised these concerns with someone in the know the other day (actually I told him I thought it might be awarded MPhil), and he said, just go into the viva being aware of the shortcomings of the thesis and prepared to discuss them and show you're already aware of them. So, I pass on his advice to you. Typos is only gonna be minor corrections and that's the main thing, right? Good luck!!!

Thread: Dilemma Another Postdoc (after a bad experience in both postdoc and PhD) ? Industry ?

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06-Jan-19, 16:50
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I thought several postdocs was the norm! And if you are unlucky with professors then all the more reason to try another! Don't give up on your dream of doing what you love (research). Not yet anyway (unless you actually feel that you want to call it a day now).
One thing I've found that's really helped me this past year is finding people to talk to who are empathetic. Some people, through lack of experience or lack of empathy (hopefully not through any negative motive but who knows), can be very discouraging. I've learnt to avoid those at all costs and talk to those who have experience and can offer insight that is actually helpful. I've even contacted people I didn't know after reading their blog or meeting them at a conference and finding them approachable. Their advice has been like pure gold! Hope you find someone to talk to like that in your field or in a similar field who can help you to make an informed choice about the way forward.
All the best, Tudor

Thread: Top tips for finishing thesis (while working full time)

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05-Jan-19, 21:07
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Thanks Athena30! It's coming on alright. Working during the week is a no no as my RA job is full on. So its weekends - and I am getting a lot of headaches from the workload. I don't recommend this to anyone by the way! Try to finish writing up before funding ends if you're in that privileged position to begin with. I could have easily done it but lacked motivation due to discontent with the whole PhD experience, supervision etc. It doesn't go away though so might as well get it finished asap if you ever intend to! :-/ You live, you learn!
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