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Thread: Imposter Syndrome

06-Dec-17, 23:05
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posted about 1 week ago
Don't worry at all!

That sounds like a lot to go through on top of normal PhD stresses. Could you take some time off, even just a few days to clear your head?

Thread: Imposter Syndrome

01-Dec-17, 11:58
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posted about 2 weeks ago
Hi all. I am a first year PhD student, and it's all going really well so far (I think). I'm dealing with the constructive nature of feedback from supervisors (my first article review had over 30 comments from three supervisors!) and I am getting to grips with writing a systematic literature review (my supervisor wants to aim to publish). I suppose the way I'm feeling now is quite natural given that I have never been given this breadth of feedback before - I know it's needed as the research/my thesis needs to be valid and informed, and it's all constructive which is very helpful. But I keep feeling like I know absolutely nothing - I'm guessing this is normal for being two months into a PhD?

I know I'm a lot further along than a lot of other new PhD students - I have already been writing for my supervisor every couple of weeks (and have a good few thousand words by now), she wants to publish a systematic literature review, we have some basic research questions to consider and I'm heading to a conference soon (not to present, just to network/go to talks). But I can't help this feeling of knowing absolutely nothing! My office mates say this is good as it means I am accepting that my knowledge is always growing (and not there yet), is this something to just get used to?

Anyway, apologies for the ramble. I've been lurking here for a while and beyond my question I just wanted to pop my head above the surface and say hello. You all seem very knowledgeable :).

Thread: PhD interview

25-Nov-17, 22:19
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posted about 2 weeks ago
I had a pretty similar experience to the poster above, with one exception because my PhD is interdisciplinary. We went through my application pretty much chronologically, and as the project is a mixture of A and B and the bulk of my experience was in B, they asked me to prepare a 10 min presentation about A (well before the interview). I think that's just because it is interdisciplinary though.

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

25-Nov-17, 18:57
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posted about 2 weeks ago
Quote From skyisnotthelimit:
Quote From Hugh:
Does anyone feel like their supervisions make them feel really stupid?

I'm 3rd year and every supervision I come out, I just feel really stupid. My academic credentials would suggest otherwise, and I know I can be brilliant. But gosh, my academic confidence is at rock bottom. Is it just me?

Ehmmm NO IT'S NOT. It's all of us. Two words: impostor syndrome. Learn to live with it.

Oh yes. I am in my first year, and I spend most of my time feeling like an idiot. Especially when talking to/having a supervision meeting!

Thread: Open University

24-Nov-17, 01:13
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posted about 3 weeks ago
I am currently a PhD student at the OU, and to be honest I have found it to be more rigorous than any of my prior institutions. I suppose it might be because there is this attitude that it is not as good as other universities, so they feel they must be just as if not more rigorous than others. Some of the academics in my department have published work of some importance in the field (neuroscience) as well. All in all, I had some apprehensions before I started, not helped by the reactions I received from others when I told them where I was studying ("oh, so it's not a real PhD then?"), but these have been squashed completely.
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