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My viva is next week and I am having a bit of a meltdown.
To cut a long story short, my only supervisor has been an absolute waste of time for about the last year (final year), however, she is heavy into stats, written books on the subject and is essentially a statistician so when I came to doing my statistical analysis, I took her word for it that the tests she was advising would be correct.
Only, when I had my mock viva last week they picked up on the fact that not only have I used the wrong tests and explained them wrong, if I had carried out the correct tests, I would have generated a number of significant results and supported ALL of my hypothesis. As it stands, I had to say throughout my entire thesis that my predictions were wrong because the results were not significant.
Fast forward to speaking to my supervisor about this, she said there is only one test that I have done wrong and she did tell me not to do that but I misunderstood her, even though I have the email that says what test she was advising and why. But she swears the rest are correct.
Anyway, after ignoring her advice and carrying out what I now think are the correct tests, I have significant results popping up everywhere, supporting my hypothesis (yey) only I have already submitted and written throughout each chapter how the qualitative findings are the opposite of the statistical findings.
I know that it's better to have picked up this before the viva so that I can go in with the correct results but my worry now is that it is going to be a complete revise and resubmit with a second viva and everything because of the extent of the corrections that will need to be made (i.e. fixing every single findings chapter, there are 5/6). Has anyone had this before??
p.s. any comments about relying on my supervisor for help with the stats are not needed right now.
I had this exact same issue but I only had one supervisor and she has more or less gone awol for the last year of my Ph.D. I acknowledged her as vaguely as I could, I tried to twist the truth as best as I could by saying that she had provided guidance and support and blah blah, I basically lied but I just kept the whole thing vague, like rewt said above, it's only acknowledgements and you have nothing to gain by pissing them off.
I submitted my thesis a few weeks ago and have totally taken the past few weeks off from anything PhD related, I have just received my viva date and it has brought it all crashing back lol.
Anybody got any tips on how to prepare for the viva and not get so nervous I forget my own name.
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