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Thread: What is the best way you found to take notes while researching your topic?

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12-Oct-18, 13:43
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I use yet another method of taking notes. I normally either print and read or read online, and I have a word document open with the title of the topic at the top. Then I bullet point my notes on different papers, including any personal reflections in a different colour. I find it works well for me :)

Thread: PhD time commitments on campus

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02-Oct-18, 21:33
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Yep we are only allowed to work 6 hours per week outside of our PhD. I personally wouldn't be able to sustain more than that, as Tree mentioned.

Thread: Help with starting out on PhD

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25-Sep-18, 23:33
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Absolutely NO need to feel ashamed - I couldn't have even thought of starting a PhD immediately after the Master. Take a well deserved holiday!

Thread: How to talk to your supervisor about depression

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25-Sep-18, 22:20
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I have found honesty to be the best policy, and from there on it depends on how much you feel comfortable sharing/they feel comfortable hearing. I admitted to my supervisors that I have a mental health diagnosis, and let them know how this might impact my performance on the PhD. After that I pretty much left it to them to bring up - which once in a while they do. Then it's up to me to share.

I would definitely make sure it is registered with the University as a diagnosed condition though - I haven't had any additional support but it does mean the right box is ticked should I ever need to take a break etc.

Thread: Sharing my viva experience

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25-Sep-18, 10:50
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Thanks Dr. Walker!

Sounds quite like my experience of the first-year viva, actually. Combined with your story it really does highlight the need to be very careful about the choice of examiners.

Thread: Feeling incompetent to analyze qualitative data

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20-Sep-18, 09:59
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Ha, I could have written this post! I am also about to start analyzing qualitative data and I too feel slightly nervous about it.

I also do it by hand :)

Thread: First year probation review

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03-Sep-18, 11:07
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Quote From Firiel:
Hi everybody and thank you for sharing your experiences with me and for encouraging me. I like the idea of writing down the changes and justification for them. I will also make sure to take with me a couple of key articles that might become handy. Thank you kenziebob. Those are actually really handy tips :D


Glad I was helpful! :)

Thread: First year probation review

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29-Aug-18, 09:10
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Hi there,

I just came out of the other side of this last month, and I was also very very nervous. I had to submit a 10,000 word report and have a chat about it with two internal examiners. It was fine, they basically just started on the title page of my report and went through it with comments and some criticisms. The whole thing took about two hours, including a period of 20 minutes where I left the room for them to write their report.

The only way I prepared was a list of the things that have changed in my project since the very beginning, with a justification for every change. Then when they asked me about a certain change I had something to point to. I also had a highlighted/commented copy of my report - I just went through it and highlighted mistakes/typos I'd found and anything I would change.

My supervisor also gave me a very good tip - to take two or three important papers in with you. You can then refer to the papers (highlight the important sections with comments) - this served as a good prompt for me and gave me a moment to think.

It is relatively rare for anyone in my department to fail as well - I have heard of one person having to do extra work but from what I remember she had been ill and on leave for well over a month.

Thread: Writing buddies? Accountability to meet end-of-summer deadlines

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22-Aug-18, 11:11
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Thanks! I've been working on this since mid-July, although I did get sidetracked by my probation report and viva at the end of July. Since then it's been pretty much non-stop transcribing, which is fun.......not!

Do you have a plan? I find it really useful to plan first by making bullet points - slightly less intimidating than sitting and trying to write a chapter straight away. Then I link up the bullet points and think of a structure and start writing knowing that there's already quite a few ideas there.

Thread: Writing buddies? Accountability to meet end-of-summer deadlines

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22-Aug-18, 10:30
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I might as well join you, but does transcribing interviews and focus groups count as writing? I have four interviews and 2 focus groups to transcribe, currently I've done 1/2 focus groups and 2/4 interviews. Exactly half way!

My deadline is also mid September.

Thread: Distance Diploma/pgCert in molecular biology

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20-Aug-18, 11:59
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The Open University has some biology courses that are done through virtual labs online - have a look here:

http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/find/biology

Thread: Am I screwed? :( A year in, still zero motivation, not happy with progression...

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20-Aug-18, 11:54
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Hi Cad,

I'm also at the end of my first year, and I've definitely had bits of time where I've felt like this. One thing I did to help motivate myself was to come up with really quite small deadlines (i.e right now one of them is 'finish transcribing FG 1 by Monday 5pm') and I emailed the spreadsheet to my supervisor. Knowing that she knows where I am supposed to be (even if she doesn't comment, which she normally doesn't!) gives me a bit of a kick up the bum to get moving.

It is hard working without classmates. Are there any communities in your department that you can join? I found another student at my Uni doing work on a similar topic to mine (focusing on a different aspect of it), and we have started a research group for that topic at the uni. I only found out about her via Twitter as well! Is that something you might be able to do?

A PhD is a really difficult move from a Masters for all the reasons you described - if you love your topic is there anything you can do to reignite your motivation to study it? Is there anything you can look to that makes you think 'that's why I'm doing this'?

I do agree with eng77 above - something like a Pomodoro technique might be useful to start off with, maybe working in 20 minute chunks? And you could definitely send a plan to your supervisor - even knowing that they have it has been helpful for me.

Thread: Psychology and Drama

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20-Aug-18, 11:43
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Hello, Psychology PhD student here.

I don't have too much to add, I just wanted to emphasise how competitive psychology is, and particularly clinical psychology. That is my aim as well, and I am doing a PhD to have a better chance at getting onto the DClinPsy afterwards. It is insanely competitive, and unless you are at Oxbridge or similar you will need a masters at least.

I'm not saying don't do it - I am doing it myself! What I am saying is make sure you really are passionate about clinical psychology before you make your decision - I would try to get some experience volunteering for the Samaritans or Mind. That will both boost your CV and give you more information as to whether you think the competition of clinical psychology is worth it.

Thread: Mphil scenario

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19-Aug-18, 11:58
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Maybe there needs to be an honest conversation regarding what people believe a PhD should be for.


I completely agree with this, but I think the focus shouldn't just be on grades/degree classification. I had a very mediocre academic background prior to starting my PhD, but I had plenty of experience in the world that I am looking at and I have a strong passion for learning more about it. That, for me, is the whole point of my PhD, and it feels like I am doing something that is meaningful. I share your need for the journey more than the end result - I have spent most of my twenties looking for a job that provides me with a meaningful way to live, and I found it really hard to work when I didn't feel that meaning. I feel like I am in the right place, and I don't see that passion in all of my colleagues. For some their days just seem to be like a 'day job' and I keep thinking 'why are you even doing this?'.

Yes I agree that a PhD is an academic pinnacle and should be regarded as such, and there does need to be stringent admission procedures in place. I would just argue that this shouldn't be entirely based on prior academic achievement, as if someone fully immerses him or herself in a PhD it is a lot more than that - it's about communication, generating new ideas and looking at whether the ideas we do have are really as valid as we think they are.

Anyway, just another two cents. I've been following this thread with interest :)

Thread: General advice - first year upgrade

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09-Jul-18, 18:05
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Hi all,

I'm coming up to my first year upgrade interview - I've done my presentation and submitted my report a month ago. Does anyone have any general tips/suggestions for the interview? I have about two weeks to go.

Thanks,

Kenzie
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