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Can you apply for an extension? Having been in a similar situation to yours (part time, multiple kids, full time job ) I can say that it's easy to underestimate the amount of time you need to submit. The final stage of rewriting, editing, and formatting is very important if you want the thesis to be a quality document (both in content and appearance) that will be received favourably by the examiners.
Sorry to hear about the viva. Its a big relief that we don't have them in the Australian system.
From my experience, once you have had a few weeks to re-gather your thoughts and objectively look at the corrections, they don't seem as overwhelming as they did at first. Another positive is that you don't have a R & R.
I can imagine how hard it must be to defend your work in a viva under such stress. I would start making responses to all the corrections, and for some items you may even find that you can defend your work to the point where you may not even be required to make a correction. Once you have done this, you can go through this document with your supervisors.
All the best!
If he does have the specialised knowledge, then perhaps you could consider having him as an advisor to your work. As long as there is no administrative link between his position and your candidacy, there shouldn't be an issue. And you still may be able to work and publish with him if you make an arrangement with your new supervisor.
As a grown adult, you are free to make their own choices (e.g. friends, partners etc.), and you should be fine as long as you don't compromise your (or someone else's) career or reputation. If I was in your shoes, I would just take things one small step at a time.
On the surface, it looks like a case of simple mutual attraction. However it's obviously more complex than that. Your supervisor is letting his feelings get in the way of appropriate professional conduct. If you both intended to pursue a relationship, then you would need to find another supervisor, in order to remove the conflict of interest. You should do this sooner rather than later.
I would find out more about this person before you did get involved e.g. is he married/in a relationship, going through a divorce etc. It's always good to know what you are getting yourself into!
The first thing to do is to create a table with query and response columns. Add all of the examiner feedback that requires action. For my table, I colour coded each record with green or orange. Green represents actions that can be sorted on the spot, or in less than one hour. Orange represents tasks that may take 1-2 days. Thankfully there were no red ones!
Start with the low hanging fruit - the typos. Then progressively work through the easier taks until you are left with a handful of orange tasks. You can then discuss the plan of action for these tasks with your supervisor. Have a column in your table where you can indicate the task is done and dusted.
I had a revise and resubmit virdict from one of my (two) examiners. Thankfully I was able to take the option of a third examiner. Now I have to wait and see what they come back with. It's going to be a more stressful wait than for the first two. In the meantime I'm working on dusting off the minor corrections from the first examiner in short order.
It sounds like you have a supportive supervisor to help you through the corrections. All the best!
Thanks for the reminder on the white noise. I used to have an iPod (free) app that had several different sounds to relax or study to, including white noise, train running over tracks, large airconditioning fan and others. Now I'm going to download that app again for work, it helps to drown out the background noise.
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