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I don't know anything about MBA courses, but I can tell you that Oxford is a wonderful city, albeit one with a very different pace of life to London. There's plenty to do and see, but the atmosphere is a little less... hectic?
If your decision is based more on the course than on the location, I guess you need to work out which course has the best reputation (I assume there's a league table for MBAs?) and, importantly, which one is structured in the way that sounds most appealing to you.
I'm getting close to completing my PhD - the draft is done and I'm in the throes of editing. Here's the thing - I think I might be getting offered a full time position, to start in July, and I'm wondering if any of you have any experience of completing the PhD alongside full time work.
A bit of context: it's not an academic job (:-() but it is related to my work (I'm an art historian and it's in a gallery). I don't feel that I can put off finding a job until September. I'm funded, my funding runs out in September, but if I want to stay in my flat instead of moving back to the parental home I need to know by the end of July that I'll have an income for the forthcoming 12 months.
Career-wise I think it should be fine - I plan to use the year to refine a really exciting postdoc proposal and hopefully get a couple of articles accepted for publication, then reapply for academic jobs starting in 2013. I'm more concerned about time management. Obviously I'd have to spend my days off writing, and ideally at least 3/5 of my after-work evenings. Thoughts on motivating and organising myself?
(Another thing: I mentioned I am funded. Am I a terrible person if I start a job after receiving my last quarterly stipend and don't declare it to the university? I could really do with the money as I self-funded my MA and my first PhD year, which racked up a lot of debt... and my funding conditions do say that people who submit early can still keep their entire quarter's stipend, so there's a sort of precedent.)
I've been away from this forum for over a year, so excuse me for shuffling back in after so long...
I'm editing my introductory chapter (draft complete! Just a few months to go now!). I've been thinking that it's going to work a lot better if I divide it into a short (2000-ish word) preface, plus full 10,000 word intro. The preface would outline my argument and the historical context, and the longer piece would function as a lit review and methodological discussion.
Does this sound legitimate? I'm still waiting for my supervisor's response so other opinions would be helpful. The subject area is Hist. of Art, if that helps.
Just a quick question - does anyone have any experience of taking Bach's Rescue Remedy for anxiety or panic? Did you find it worked - either physically or psychosomatically? I have just got a bottle, and I'd like to know a bit more about it, as I don't normally go in for herbal/homeopathic remedies. Thanks!
Talk to your supervisor, if this is actually affecting the quantity or quality of your work. I had some personal issues recently, which were impinging on my ability to focus, and after speaking about them with my supervisor I felt considerably less panicky (I have an awesome sup.) and better able to concentrate.
I know what you mean, about feeling that you don't want your supervisor to lose respect for you, or think that you are some kind of 'crybaby'. I felt the same, which I why I put off speaking with my sup. about my problem for ages. I think it's best to make it clear that you would like to speak with him because your problems are directly affecting your work, rather than subjecting him to a general rant, because the former makes it clear that, as your supervisor, he has a vested interest in helping you to attain your best work.
He may be a top academic, but don't forget, he agreed to supervise you! So don't assume that he has 'little respect' for you. Some people, my own sup. included, are not very forthcoming with praise and approving comments, but it doesn't mean that they dislike your work or your abilities. Best of luck.
Most taught Masters' operate a Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction system. A Distinction is approximately equivalent to a 1st (i.e. you normally need a 70+ average to achieve one).
A few Masters', particularly research Masters' and MPhils, work on a Pass/Fail basis only.
I've had this issue too. I have been using the MyTomatoes site to track my writing (not for any other kind of work), and I find that it's a useful and motivational way of structuring writing time.
I also think that for longer pieces of work, it's a good idea to write a very detailed plan, and turn the notes and points of that plan into longer text. My supervisor put me onto this, and it works very well, as previously I had a tendency to get lost and distracted in the middle of chapters.
Also, don't feel you have to produce a high word target every day. For a while I tried producing 600-700 words daily and it didn't work. On some days I would produce 1000, and on others I would produce nothing. If you can put a couple hundred words down every day (which you should be able to do in an hour, writing slowly), you should find that your work will progress faster than you realise.
I have noisy upstairs neighbours. We're not talking 'thumping bass at 3am' noisy, but certainly people who play their TV and music loudly enough that I can hear it in my flat, seem to communicate by shouting across their flat, and frequently bang furniture and things on their floor (my ceiling)!
They have only lived above me for a few weeks. A few nights after they moved in, I knocked on their door upstairs and (politely) asked them to turn down their music (it was 1am) as it was keeping my bf and I awake. The girl who answered the door was civil, but I didn't notice a particular drop in the volume after I went downstairs.
Since then, we have frequently been disturbed by noise from this flat, during the day and the night. Like I said, it's not so loud that we have to call in Environmental Health or something ridiculous, but it is often loud enough to distract me from working and my bf from sleeping. We haven't gone up to speak with them since the first time, because we don't want to be 'that annoying couple' who complain about every little incident. However, last night was the final straw - music buzzing through our ceiling till after midnight, loud voices, banging footsteps.
Rather than go up there in a rage, I waited till this morning, when I wrote a note and posted it through their letterbox. The note was polite - the gist of it was "You have a right to play music etc., but you are making noise at a level that is disturbing us downstairs. We would really appreciate it if you kept the volume down a bit, especially at night. Thank you."
Since putting the note through, the silence has been eerie! I think my note was very reasonable, but I am now paranoid that the people upstairs are plotting revenge, or will bang on my door at some point to shout at me. Should I have gone up to speak to them in person? I know, a note is about as passive-aggressive as you can get! Should I have ignored the noise, given that it was 'annoying' rather than 'unbearable'? Help!
I like my supervisor a lot. But imagine... what if you could have literally ANYONE as your supervisor? Living or dead, fictional or real, academic or not? Ideally, though, someone who is known in some capacity as a mentor or teacher. I present, for your perusal, some examples:
Typical supervision: standing on your head in the Dagoba swamp, trying to make your MacBook float using only THE FORCE.
Most likely to say: 'Refine your methodology, you must, or nonsense shall your introduction be!'
Typical supervision: none, because he's buggered off to Minas Tirith on Shadowfax. Again.
Most likely to say: 'YOOOOOU SHALL NOT PASS!!! Unless you re-write Chapter 6.'
Typical supervision: communicates mainly via a Pensieve, and returns your drafts via owl. What's an email?
Most likely to say: 'You haven't yet cited my work on the Twelve Uses of Dragon Blood.'
Please plumb the depths of your pop-cultural and historical knowledge to suggest some more!
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