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Thread: Dealing with Stress/Depression/Anxiety

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09-Aug-17, 17:55
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We have similar problems. I feel guilty too if I spend a day without working. But I think we have to learn how to strike a work-life balance. Phd is just a small part of our life. In our life, there are many other things we can do like hanging out with friends, watching movies, swimming and going shopping. We still have two more years to go! Dont give yourself too much pressure!

Thread: No motivation, always procrastinating - is there any hope?

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09-Aug-17, 17:10
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Coarvi, so sorry to hear what you have gone through. Actually, I have similar problems to yours. Not sure if you have read my recent post. I am losing my motivation for doing my PhD. I have started to feel fed up with my project. I am still working on my proposal that i have to submit next week. I am really under great pressureand i have never had that feeling before in my life. Sometimes i force myself to think about the positive side of doing my phd.. But that doesn't work. What i do now is to work out for a while every day and talk to my friends and share my feelings with them. That helpes me ease a bit of my pressure. No matter how busy you are, you should spare some time to do something you like - something not related to your project. That will help you.

Thread: Under pressure! Need some encouragement

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04-Aug-17, 15:13
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Thanks for your replies! I am feeling a bit better now after talking to some of my friends and sharing my feelings here. I think I will submit what I have done when the deadline comes - Unless my boss lets me extend the deadline (but i would rather she wouldn't give me any grace period because I really need some rest.)

Thread: Under pressure! Need some encouragement

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03-Aug-17, 15:51
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Hi guys,

I need help!

I am under great pressure right now! I am a year one PhD student. I am currently writing my proposal which is due this month. I am losing my motivation for doing my PhD. My boss has always asked me to revise the proposal. Actually i have finished it already. Although it is not the best piece, it looks fine enough as a proposal in my opinion. I do think that I can submit it for internal examiners to assess. But my boss is so demanding (or picky), always requesting me to do a lot of rewriting. I have been working non stop for months from 10 - 10 . I feel exhausted. I cant sleep and eat! I start to think that doing a PhD is not suitable for me.

What should i do? Anyone with similar experiences can give me some advice? How did you get through this difficult time?

Thx for your help!

Thread: Guidance from your supervisor

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18-Dec-16, 14:36
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posted about 3 years ago
You are right! I think I would want to do a PhD if I was not doing it. I will keep thinking positive!

Thread: Guidance from your supervisor

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18-Dec-16, 13:40
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Yes.I still have a few months to familiarize myself with the topic before I submit my proposal. I will try my best.

Thread: Guidance from your supervisor

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18-Dec-16, 13:19
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posted about 3 years ago
Thanks, Chickpea. I know my supervisor is trying to help me develop. Because I am working on a topic that I am not familiar with. I need to do a lot of reading, which makes me feel great pressure and mentally exhausted.
I hope that I will get used to his supervision style.

Thread: Guidance from your supervisor

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18-Dec-16, 11:58
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posted about 3 years ago
Thanks, Tudor_Queen. My friend who is doing his PhD told me that he has very little guidance from his supervisor. Perhaps I am lucky to have one who is willing to spend time talking to me. But this creates much pressure on me because I am worried that I will give him an impression that I am not a competent student. He is also a bit demanding, always pushing me to think critically. This is something I am not very good at. I am beginning to be anxious and think that I should not have decided to do a PhD.

Do you have pressure like what I feel during your PhD study? How do you ease your pressure? any advice?

Thread: Guidance from your supervisor

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18-Dec-16, 09:26
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I am a year 1 phd student. I am curious to know how much guidance you usually get from your supervisor? How often do u meet with your supervisor? What do u usually do in the meeting? Does your supervisor always challenge what you said?

I usually meet with my supervisor once a month to discuss my progress. But sometimes i dont have much to report to him. What is your supervision experience like?

Thread: Mental health as a PhD student

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03-Dec-16, 14:02
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I am in the first year of my phd study. I have just started for three months but I feel quite a lot of pressure. I am now writing my proposal on a topic that i am totally not unfamiliar with so I need to read a lot of prior literature, and this makes me very anxious. When I sumbitted my first draft to my sup, I got a lot of critcal commemts. These comments make me feel that i am not good enough as a phd student. I was also asked to revise and resubmit the draft. After i submitted the second draft, i got another set of critical comments and was asked again to revise it again. This process seems never ending and makes me have the strong feeling that phd is not suitable for me. I am tring hard to make myself think positive but the feeling of inferioritiy always remains. I still have two years or so to go. How can I make myself feel better?

I agree that phd work is never ending. We need to teach, read a lot, publish papers, attend conferences, and write our theses. It is really hard to strike a balance between work and life.

Thread: article requested

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25-Oct-16, 17:29
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posted about 3 years ago
Hi Everyone,

I need an article from the National University of Singapore (NUS) for my research. Because I am not studying in this university, I don't have an account to download the article. I wonder if there is anyone from the NUS who can help me download the article? Thanks in advance.

Thread: how do u guys deal with rejections from journal editors?

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24-Jul-16, 16:54
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Thanks you guys for your replies. I am feeling much better now, although i am still not ready to read the reviewers comments again. I think I need some more time. Since my papers are rejected, the only thing i can do is to sumbit them elsewhere.

This publishing game is really difficult. I hope that i will get used to it

Thread: how do u guys deal with rejections from journal editors?

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23-Jul-16, 18:04
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I received two rejection letters from editors within one week. So frustrating! I would like to know how u copes with the feeling of being rejected? What do u usually do with ur rejected paper?

I really dont want to read the reviewers comments any more. That really hurts me!

Thread: I'm very nearly free... Viva tomorrow

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11-Apr-16, 03:04
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posted about 3 years ago
Thanks for sharing with us your viva experience.

Thread: I'm very nearly free... Viva tomorrow

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07-Apr-16, 18:38
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posted about 3 years ago
Congrats, Dr.Eska! Please share with us your viva experence and your preparation work if you have time. I am sure we, esp those having their vivas soon, can learn a great deal from you. Enjoy your post-phd life!
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