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I passed with corrections!!!!!!!
I am so relieved!! Considering how worried I was, it wasn't as bad as I expected and the examiners were actually really nice. I have some parts to expand on and a couple of graphs to add, and the typos, but all in all it was the best outcome I could have expected, and I'm thrilled with that.
Thank you so much to everyone for the advice and support! It really really helped! - X x
Finally finished spotting typos (a lot) and missing refs (oh god), adding additional info I feel was missed out, double checking referenced papers and noting key points. About to run through the basics again, hypothesis, aims etc.. before starting to think about getting ready and heading in to Uni. Feel horrid!!
everyones support has been amazing x
Thank you so much everyone - really appreciate all the good vibes! Am feeling a little better today though still feel there's a mountain to climb. I'll just be so relieved when its done. Just got to keep plugging away and know that I've done all I can - the rest will be in the lap of the gods!! will send an update as soon as its over but still if there are any last minute tips, they are more than welcome!
Viva on Thursday - going into panic mode. I'm honestly not sure I am going to pass (even with major corrections), I feel like I know nothing about my thesis or any of the background information. I have spotted so many mistakes in my thesis. I think I might cry :-(
oh I feel your pain. You sound like you've had a terrible time with this. feel very sorry for you and also that you deserve a big well done for being prepared to carry on after such an awful experience. This covers several questions which I have looked into, although I can't answer them all I would look very closely at your student charter and your rights. Go to your grad school - they are there to support YOU (at least should be). Get tough with them, if they put you through the internal progress reports and passed you they have (at the very least) some responsibility for all of this. All too often PhD students are dumped with all the crap and those who should be shouldering the responsibility get away with it. I really hope it works out for you.
Some advice on viva preparation would be very welcome.
My supervisor has given me a large list of questions to go away and find the answers to which cover additional areas to my thesis content. Whilst I appreciate knowing these inside out and back to front would be great, this is turning out to be a mammoth task. I'm a little concerned that I'm spending too much time looking into areas which may or may not come up in the viva, rather than concentrating on what's actually in my thesis. I suppose my question is, will the examiners expect my knowledge on a specific area to be exhaustive??
I feel like I am expected to know the answer to every possible question which may relate even remotely to a specific area.
Any typical viva questions and advice would also be appreciated.
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