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Thread: What methods do you use for taking notes?

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27-Sep-19, 11:20
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posted about 3 weeks ago
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I know I am not the best example, or the best to advice, but I take notes on A4 papers and then note the book or paper that I read. I end up with huge piles of notes, but it suits me.
I have tried a lot of methods but I always got lost. This is more suitable for me.
At the end of the day, I would say do what you find more suitable to you!


Thanks for your reply! Handwritten notes would probably be my go-to. Do you have a system for organising them? And do you have any specific methods, like using a set template for a page, or colour-coding? I find it interesting to see what different people do!


I don’t use any system!!!!! I know how this may sound to others, but I just scribble what I think is important, or what questions are raised, or how it connects to my work. Then I write the reference at the top of the page, sometimes even at the bottom and that’s it!

I guess it is a system (or a “non-system”???) that depends depends a lot on the fact that I have a good memory and I remember where I put everything! E.g. If I need a reference from something that I read three or four years ago, I know (don’t ask how!) it is in that pile of papers on that table! So, I do a bit of searching and I find it!!!


Well, that’s me! It suits me!

Thread: What methods do you use for taking notes?

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26-Sep-19, 19:02
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I know I am not the best example, or the best to advice, but I take notes on A4 papers and then note the book or paper that I read. I end up with huge piles of notes, but it suits me.
I have tried a lot of methods but I always got lost. This is more suitable for me.
At the end of the day, I would say do what you find more suitable to you!

Thread: Working whilst doing PhD

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25-Sep-19, 22:07
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I was working full time while doing my PhD part time. Added to that, I lived in a country quite away from the UK where I did my PhD, have a native language ither than English and my work had nothing to do with my research! But... I did it! I managed to finish my PhD with very minor corrections. I needed to have a programm and stick to it as much as possible. Also, I had almost all of my weekends free, because otherwise I wouldn’t have made it.
I think it is possible if you want it!

Thread: If I drop out of my PhD do I auto get a masters??

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17-Sep-19, 17:57
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posted about 1 month ago
Hi! I am really sorry for what has happened to you. Doing a PhD is a real struggle by itself.

Now, regarding your question, I reckon that you do not get a masters if you just drop out. You have to submit a thesis, have a viva and then be awarded an Mphil
But maybe I am wrong and somebody else has something more encouraging to say

Thread: Writing-up Fees & RCUK Funding

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22-Jul-19, 17:45
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posted about 3 months ago
I will try to make a guess here and say that maybe your stentship was over.
So, I suppose the uni would charge you normal fees...

Thread: How Long Did you Wait for your Viva?

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22-Jul-19, 17:42
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As I was living and working at an other country and I had to make several arrangements in order to attend my viva, my examiners informed me from the day they received my thesis that I would have had my viva in 8 weeks. They themselves were informed about my special circumstances by the admins of the uni.

Thread: Upcoming viva - any tips?

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18-Apr-19, 11:41
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posted about 6 months ago
I can tell you how I prepared for my own viva.
First, I knew my thesis inside out. I had it full with post-it notes, where I had everything written and different colour post-its marking the beginning of each chapter. Also, on the laft blank pages, I summarised the main points of each page.
Then I prepared answers to the most "important" viva questions I found online (why I did this research?, What is my methodology and why?, How I chose my participants?, What are my main findings?, What other research have I used a lot and why?, What is my contribution to knowledge?, How will I disseminate my research?, What are my future plans? etc). I wrote down the answers, and I learnt them almost by heart.
A few hours before my viva, I had a mock viva with my supervisor and a colleague of hers. This really helped me a lot.
When I went into my viva I was really nervous. I remember that one of the examiners wanted to talk about an ethical issue that came up during the research, and he insisted on asking me "what if....". I was asked about two paper that I referenced a lot (and I was really lucky, because that morning I had read them again, so they were fresh in my memory). I was asked about my methodology, the reason for doing this research and the dissemination of my results.
The whole thing must have lasted about an hour, but it felt less. When me and my supervisor got out of the room I remember asking her if I could breathe now!
I was called back 10 minutes later and I got really minor amendments (10 minutes work).

If I could do it, then you can too!
Just be as calm as you can. Know your thesis well and be confident about your work!

Thread: Going to the nowhere Help

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24-Feb-19, 08:35
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posted about 8 months ago
Please get some help! PhD can wait! Get some help and get it asap! There is nothing more important than yourself!

Thread: How long can a single volume thesis be?

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28-Jan-19, 11:39
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posted about 9 months ago
Is there a uni guide or something similar? At my uni I had to use 1.5 spacing, at least size 11 fonts, certain left and right margins (that I do not remember anymore) and it had to be singe sided.
I used1.5 spacing, calibri 11 fonts and it was single sided.
Mine was 267 pages long and it was in one volume

Thread: Survey

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15-Dec-18, 11:13
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posted about 10 months ago
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These sorts of battles are probably best left to those directly affected by them otherwise we'd never get any work done for worrying about it. I know plenty of people from all sorts of minority groups and for the most part they find making the sort of change you are suggesting, to be highly patronising at best and completely counter-productive at worst. What matters is intention and deeds.

It's pretty clear that no disrespect is intended by the original poster and in my opinion the issue should be left at that.



If that’s your opinion.....I have a different one!

Thread: Survey

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14-Dec-18, 14:27
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I really wanted to partcipate, but 1. Why do you have only the option of male/female?


I wouldn't normally get involved in a discussion like this but I think it's perfectly reasonable to have a binary choice. What would you like to have seen there?


At least the option “other”.
Although this does not affect me directly, I believe it us an issue of respect to non binary people

Thread: Survey

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13-Dec-18, 17:16
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posted about 10 months ago
I really wanted to partcipate, but 1. Why do you have only the option of male/female? 2. I think that you aim to participants of acertsin coubtry, as you mention only lei

Thread: Top tips for finishing thesis (while working full time)

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09-Dec-18, 08:32
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posted about 10 months ago
I was worki ft during my phd. Added to this, my work was in a completely different field, in anothe language and in another country!
What really helped was programm. I had everything programmed for every day. Of course, I had almost no social life during the week but I had my weekendd free. I was coming home from work at 2 p.m., had lunch and rest till 2:45 and then worked on my thesis till around 9 p.m. Sometimes, when I needed a break I was going to the gym.

If I could do it, then you can!!!!!

Thread: Qualitative Research Methods Chapter

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17-Oct-18, 08:30
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posted about 1 year ago
What I did was read other theses. It helped me a lot with the structure of the whole thing

Thread: holidays and immigration

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07-Oct-18, 16:14
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posted about 1 year ago
I do not want to sound like the bad guy here, but from what you ate saying I do not think that you understand what o hd is and what it needs.
Comparing it with a masters is probably the biggest mistake! And I am writing this from my experience having done two masters (with distinction) and then embarking on a phd and expecting it ti be a “larger” madter!
Moreover, leaving your uni for long periods of time apart from the benefit of better and cheaper food, may keep you away from everything that is going on there (networks, seminars etc).
Finally, I do not know your area of study but being away won’t keep you away from resources, like books? And I am saying this again from personal experience, as I was leaving and working at another country while doing my phd in the uk. Lack of networking, lack of people who were going through the same and lack of resources were some of my main issues.
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