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Thread: Terrible thesis

23-Sep-17, 07:36
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by Beasley
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posted about 2 years ago
Hi Jambo. I'm sure someone more experienced will be along soon to give you some helpful advice, but I wanted to say that you've submitted and that not everyone gets that far. Well done! I am a week from submission and still writing. I know that what I hand in is not going to be polished, but we are all just doing our best in the circumstances. If one of your supervisors has told you that it's ok, try to hold on to that. I think outright MPhil's are rare and that you will have a chance to prove that you can do better.

I get that you feel terrible now, but I don't think it will last. Perhap you can give yourself a break from it all, find yourself some perspective, then get to work on really preparing yourself for the viva, going in with a list of corrections and ready to convince them that you are aware of the shortcomings and have a clear idea what to do about them. Speak to your supervisors maybe and other students and find out what you can do at this stage to help your situation.

There's a very good chance it's not as bad as you think, but submiting is a big achievement in itself and if you can go into the viva really prepared you can surely swing the outcome in your favour. Take a break, but don't give up on your work. You've come so far.

Thread: Final year support thread

06-Jul-17, 14:07
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by Beasley
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posted about 2 years ago
Hi PhD2017. Yes, I am in a similar boat! I'm a much older than average PhD student and have never had any anxiety before, but as my submission deadline looms I have started to experience panic symptoms for the first time. Sleep isn't so much of a problem for me, but I find that when I sit down to write (and I still have much to do and very little time) I am too overwhelmed to do anything.

Few tips I am afraid. My GP gave me beta blockers which should allow me to work without anxiety and I think it makes me feel better knowing they are there if I need them. They don't help with my concentration problems though or my total lack of enthusiasm for my work at the moment. Its very hard without sleep to get on with writing. Is it panic that keeps you awake or a general sense of anxiety about what you still have to do? The no panic website is helpful if that is the problem. Going to bed physically exhausted might help with sleep? Sorry can't be more help, but wanted to let you know you are not alone. When the end is in sight the pressure really starts to build and I don't think that what we are experiencing is unusual.
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