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Congrats on getting a studentship, quite an achievement against very tough competition these days.
In answer to your question, I would unreservedly say that less is more. Would you 'announce' a failure ? If not, then why 'announce' a win?
I'm sure i sound very British here but its a bit like new money, old money; i.e. showy and tacky against understated and classy. I know I'm generalising to the hilt here ;-)
Be excited amongst those who are close, amongst others i would show restraint as they may not have been so blessed.
Enjoy your PhD for its own sake, for yourself ... as its only you that you can do it for. Chuff
Its sounds like you've decided but just to say I agree with you! For the cost of a night out getting your thesis as good as it can be will save you so much stress. And to leave it as is seems to negate all the hard work you've done. It, and you, deserve better.
Thankfully you've allowed yourself time for last minute "issues".
Well done for getting this far and all the best for your viva.
As you seem uncertain I would do nothing for now.
Wait the month until the restructuring is over, I agree with Beefy any hint of a jumper and you'll be pushed.
With no savings and no other income and, I suspect, the fully funding route being a fierce battle I would find an alternative source of income before doing anything.
PhD part time is a challenge but, again agreeing with Beefy, it depends why you are doing it. However, you need to be aware that you will not, i repeat not, be able to think of anything else for the whole time. It will become your world so choose your workplace role carefully.. one where you don't have to think (and pays enough to live) would be preferable :-)
All the best. Chuff
In my experience, older students enjoy the PhD process more than the whipper snappers as they typically have less pressure and, dare i say it, more balanced expectations.
It also helps that you seem quite insane. Let me clarify this personal affront ;-)
I read your comments, all very sensible and then your poll question made me laugh out loud so thanks for that! How did you get from one to the other?! Quite a leap and shows just the sort of lateral thinking and nuttiness that will mean I suspect you will enjoy every minute of your PhD.
You wear what you like dear and i wish you all the very best.
Chuff (middle aged woman)
I used very few post-its and only because i thought i should !
In the end i pointed myself to issues i thought i may need to refer to in the viva. For example, where i describe why i did something "controversial", where i quoted a key source and most important where i described my contribution to knowledge.
In fact, i only used one.. and it was a note on my research approach. "They" didn't like it, didn't agree with it and didn't think it fitted.. i was able to explain why and then refer to the page, quote from Professor Big as to why it was appropriate. Made me feel good :-)
As with most things it is the act of thinking about what the examiners might ask which is useful. Doing something practical at this stage is nice too, its so frustrating isn't it.
Good luck with your viva. Chuff
Knoke, D. and C. Wright-Isak. 1982. "Individual Motives and Organizational Incentive Systems." Research in the Sociology of Organizations 1 :209-254.
I can't sleep, its not even 5am on a Sunday morning - eek. I didn't know such an hour existed :-) and to top it all I can't access the above journal paper. Be really grateful if anyone can help.
Not wanting to state the obvious but could it be that the sections you are moving onto are more difficult ? If you found the others straightforward, and these are now more challenging and you would naturally get more constructive feedback? You will work through it, you go through days and weeks of not knowing night from day but you will get there... the fact that you are confused means you are a researcher. Only those who are not pushing the boundaries don't get confused.
Keep going but not on the bottle... there's only one place that ends.
agreeing with your last comment, just getting on with it really is the only way to go. Guide numbers of 12k is near enough, mine was about 19k but it "worked" and, as someone else said below, you will find that you will end up following your own lead.. if that makes sense. Your PhD will be different and will require a different approach to most others you'll read.
Getting on with it teaches you as much about what you leave out as what you leave in.
You sound like you have a great attitude and are enjoying it.. what more can you ask for? Chuff
I stated with the main text that all names were anonymised, then pointed to a table in the appendix of my participants with the first column entitled "participant code name".
I then went onto to give them code names from two tv series which were relevant to my study area. So for example, if you were doing a study of hospitals then why not call them characters from ( and sorry I'm noting UK and US shows here) but Casualty, ER, Holby City, House etc. If you have 40 teenagers you could name them all teenage shows which would differentiate them.
Just a thought, made me laugh anyway ! Best wishes, Chuff
That's a lot of data, don't envy you but there is hope.
I don't know about an 'interesting way' but depending on your approach / question could you structure them around themes - like before, during and after. Or past, present and future. Or Why, what and when ? and maybe who?
You could look to your literature or your methodological approach too and see if there is a structure that you can use that will continue a theme - helps with the feeling of flow, the elusive golden thread.
Feeling lost is good, anything else and you'll learn nothing ! at least that's what i kept telling myself.
All the best, Chuff
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