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Thread: PhD pass with Major corrections! :-( ....

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04-Nov-17, 10:16
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In my experience, it takes a while to work through the post-viva emotions if you've had any kind of curveball experience with it. When you think about how long we spend on the PhD, how much feedback we get along the way and how much work goes into responding to that feedback, and then all the pressure of the viva occasion, it's not surprising that it can knock us for six at the end. And to be honest, I've now heard such hugely varying accounts of viva practice that I just think it's all subjective anyway. I have more faith in my Masters result, if that makes sense, because of all the exams I had to pass along the way for that. Good luck with your new job, hope all goes well :-)

Thread: Is a supervisor who takes more than a year to examine your manuscript a good supervisor?

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26-Oct-17, 17:17
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Was the manuscript something central to moving your thesis forward, or something else you were working on? I'd find it very difficult to work with a supervisor who took that long with something I needed to get to the end of the PhD - who can afford a year-long delay to get something read? However, if it was something that you just wanted a second opinion on, it might not have been such a deal-breaker, although it's still concerning.

Thread: PhD pass with Major corrections! :-( ....

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19-Oct-17, 11:19
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Hi Jamie

I'm pleased to hear that you're going to discuss the report with your supervisor. This was something I found really helpful (I didn't get a report, but a list of points that could have been written on the back of a cigarette packet!). I found that after discussing what was actually needed, some of the corrections were smaller and more targeted than they first appeared - hopefully this may be the case for you as well. It is difficult when you get corrections/feedback you can't agree with, and you feel the point of your work has been overlooked - been there too! - and it becomes very much just a case of doing what they want to get your PhD. Two things my supervisor said that I found helpful - remember all the parts of your thesis that they passed without comment or correction (as we tend just to focus on the negative comments in times of high pressure), and remember you can do what you like with your work once the thesis has been passed, and can change it back or do whatever you want with it for other publications.

All the best with it.

Thread: PhD pass with Major corrections! :-( ....

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18-Oct-17, 19:58
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Sympathies, Jamie_Wizard. I had a very similar experience and a harsh viva which took everyone (including my internal examiner) by surprise. I was similarly given the longer timescale to do my amendments, even though in the end they only actually took me 2 weeks. Hope you are looking after yourself in this post-viva period - I found it really tough, and all I can say is you will get through this and will have your PhD, but allow yourself some time to deal with the shock.

Thread: Last minute advice for a rushed thesis

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19-Sep-17, 16:37
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:
That's a relief - haha! A bit odd though isn't it?


Yes, I just thought it was Google doing its own thing when I saw that!

Thread: Last minute advice for a rushed thesis

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19-Sep-17, 12:06
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I agree with the Google suggestion - it is ever so quick for cutting and pasting references. Just make sure you read over your refs before submitting, as it does the odd strange thing (eg where there's a huge string of authors on a paper, it will miss some of them out and replace with '...').


Oops! I thought this was correct for APA! D:


Looks like you are right when there are more than six or seven authors - you learn something every day!

Thread: Last minute advice for a rushed thesis

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19-Sep-17, 07:52
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I agree with the Google suggestion - it is ever so quick for cutting and pasting references. Just make sure you read over your refs before submitting, as it does the odd strange thing (eg where there's a huge string of authors on a paper, it will miss some of them out and replace with '...').

Thread: Stress and anxiety while waiting for PhD viva

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17-Sep-17, 10:58
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Have you looked into things like temporary or casual jobs for just now? They don't tend to care so much about the qualifications you have, since they just want you for a fixed period of time. I hope you hear soon about your viva.

Thread: Must supervisors always be on the paper?

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13-Sep-17, 12:22
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I benefited early on from a supervisor including me on a paper when I felt I hadn't made a huge contribution, so I would always include the names of all involved. To be honest, I see it mostly as a good thing, and when I was writing my lit review I liked getting the sense of different research groups and being able to look up related authors through seeing their names on relevant papers.

Thread: How long did you wait for PhD viva voce and what did you do in between?

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10-Aug-17, 08:41
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I think it varies a lot. I heard about mine a few days after submitting, and I had only 4 weeks to prepare, so I spent all the time getting ready for the viva.

Thread: Masters dissertation query

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01-Aug-17, 09:14
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I'd be tempted to ask your supervisor when's best for them. I'm just thinking it would be a shame to email it over at a time when they're taking annual leave or at a conference or something, which tends to be fairly common at this time of year.

Thread: Time to complete program?

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30-Jul-17, 10:10
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My sense is that a lot of the 'negatives' about taking longer come from universities themselves, who tend to have target times for getting people through their PhDs. I think there are figures showing that completion rates tend to drop off the longer people take. You sound like you have several strong reasons for wanting to do this, and I don't think the longer completion time will be seen as a negative from employers' perspectives, especially as you are already teaching.

Thread: Questions being asked at end of presentation

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23-Jul-17, 11:41
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I think you need to put these questions to your supervisor/department, since there is variation in viva practice (eg some departments will have a chairperson and some won't). I haven't heard of a viva being audio recorded, although in saying that there are plenty of vivas on YouTube, so it must happen!

As others have said here, academic judgement can't be appealed, no matter how subjective and peripheral to your work the feedback may seem. I am dealing with this post-PhD viva, so I can sympathise. I think the only thing for it is to get the qualification and move on.

Thread: What laptop to buy?

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17-Jul-17, 11:44
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I have an Asus Zenbook which I've had for a year. It seems pretty robust and fast and does everything I want it to. It has a few quirks (I find that controlling the trackpad isn't an exact science with it, and it sometimes does things I don't want it to, eg I try to click on something and it brings up a drop down menu instead!) but on the whole it is a decent laptop.

Thread: Familiarising myself with examiners' work...?

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11-Jul-17, 16:02
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Hi Nesrine

From my own experience, one thing to watch out for (if it can be discerned from their published work at all) is whether they have a strong angle on any of the areas where your work overlaps with theirs. For example, my external was selected on the basis of having used similar methods to mine, but it turned out in the viva that she's now highly critical of these methods - something I couldn't have known. If there is anything in their writing that indicates a particular stance, though, I'd say it's worth paying attention to that.

Good luck, and try to get some relaxation before your viva if possible - I think that as long as you have a good handle on your own work, that is the main thing you can do in terms of preparation.
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