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Thread: Upcoming viva - any tips?

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18-Apr-19, 11:41
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posted about 3 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 5 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 6 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 7 months ago
Quote From pm133:
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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posted about 7 months ago
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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 7 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 7 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 9 months 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 9 months 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.

Thread: Feeling incompetent to analyze qualitative data

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18-Sep-18, 10:56
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posted about 10 months ago
Maybe I am completely wrong, but this is what I did with my data and it worked!

I knew the data inside out. I think it is very important to familiarise yourself with your data. Then I kept looking at the interviews (yes, just looking at them) until the themes kind of popped out!
I used a coding programme, but mainly I did the work by hand. It was easier for me! So, I had the floor in my house full of papers and I was walking around with a bunch of markers in my hand!

Silly? Stupid? Maybe! But it worked!

Thread: Applying to Phd - unrelated BA and MA

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05-Sep-18, 10:50
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posted about 10 months ago
My BA is in early childhood education. My first MA is in Special Needs, I have an MBA in educational management and my PhD is in Sociology!

If I did it, then you can, too!
It is not going to be easy though

Thread: Funding allocation decision (data analysis)

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05-Jun-18, 10:56
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posted about 1 year ago
I had to do the transcriptiuons myself and then translate the whole interviews to English! So, it was double work...
It did take a lot of time (40 60-minute interviews), but, to tell you the truth, it reallyhelped with my analysis. I got to know the dataset so well, that analysis was easier and quicker

Thread: Help with qualitative data analysis

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19-Feb-18, 09:05
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posted about 1 year ago
I am one of those people who hated NVivo!
I tried it at first but found it so time consuming.
So, I went old school. Paper and colour pens, along with scisors and glue!
I had a floor full of interviews pint outs (not so environment friendly, I know) and kept underlying and cutting and gluing (is this a word???).
Needs to be very patients and quite thorough. Do not rush! It's not a speedy process. You have to return to yoyr data over and over again.
Good luck!

Thread: Article request

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17-Jan-18, 14:07
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posted about 1 year ago
Check your PMs

Thread: How were your viva examiners selected?

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11-Dec-17, 11:34
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posted about 2 years ago
I chose mine with my supervisors. I had one internal and one external examiner. Chosing the internal was the easy part, as there was only one emeritus professor who had similar reserach interests and theoretical background to me. The external examiner was the most difficult part. I really liked a professor that I had met at a conference, but my supervisors were against that choice, because she was not (as the implied) a very good person. So, we discussed my second choice, an cademic with very similar research interests to mine. My supervisor asked her and she accepted, but a few weeks before my final submission (at my uni the examiners are selected bout 4 months before submission) she declined due to heavy work load. But she proposed a couple of other academics. I knew one of them from a conference (great for networking!!!) and I had cited her work in my thesis, so my supervisor contacted her and she accepted.They proved out to be great examiners and they managed to make the stressful examination process an (almost) enjoying one!
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