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i got through it. 1 hr 20! it was crazy. I got ALOT of corrections. My examiners cared about my data, the work i did and how I did. They basically siad you will get corrections but we want you to have a really strong thesis for when you puhlish! omg. if i can do it... YOU CAN!!
I have my viva very soon (next 48 hours). I mailed my sup to ask her alot of questions e.g. if i fail .. if i swear in the viva... if i this that and the other. She replied 'you are not going to fail' etc etc. then i get a text from another academic saying - see you tomorrow dr. Why are they saying this stuff. Its freaking me out. Like I feel they are saying this stuff to make me feel better but I just feel like i am going to fail so at the same time I feel they are patronising me. I now have a load of butterflies in my tummy. Agrh. I know nothing!!!!!!!!!!
I now feel positive that my supervisor is normal..... LOL.
You need to remember that a thesis is never perfect. I almost killed myself getting my stuff done. It made me really poorly. You need to make sure you schedule in breaks - to cook and eat. It sounds silly I know but these things will keep you going. Make sure your housemates/partner etc know that you are going to be stressed and maybe they can make sure you do these things, if they offer to cook - say yes. Make sure you eat with others so you spend some time away from the screen. If you are doing all nighters, remember to eat well during those. You are far more important than any thesis. Make a list of everything you need to get done, be realistic. You can only do so much. I would try to make sure that all the chapters are of the same standard, don't have one chapter lacking because you want to make another chapter perfect. Do your best and I am sure you will be fine. Good Luck.
As you can probably tell from a variety of posts I am brickin my viva more than any
normal person. I have a list of concerns, if anyone can help with any of these, it woud
1. results vs contribution
I am really confused. For some reason I am scared that when they ask me about my
contribution I am going to tell them about my results. Whats the difference? Is there
one? i really need this spelling out. How do i know if is a contribution or not?
1. what if i just don' t know alot?
Just what if I dont know the answers? what do i say? Apparently i am the expert but
I really dont feel it. All i did was questionnaires and interviews... i dont feel like an expert.
1. how do i act to a result i don't like
When i get the result... how do i act if they say i have failed or resubmit How do I act
1.post viva drinks
If i do pass, what happens with drinks. I have zero funds to buy people drinks... which is the tradition in my department. I just don't know. My viva is late afternoon so I suspect the majority wud have buggered off home but agrh its all a worry.
Theres lots more I am sure. these things, along with my finances are keeping me up at
night. I just can't cope with the stress. You don,t need to answer these questions,
again its all just me ranting alot.
Really? But you can never tell these things. I think it was the examiners way of apologising for the weather. My supervisor has said that she believes its Major corrections or worse. I have accepted it but I am sure it will still be difficult when i get told i'll have to re-do the whole thing. i also have this strange worry that I won't be able to understand my examiner;s accent. Shes from down South and I am a 'northerner'.! What do I do in that situation!? I just don't understand why we put ourselves through PhDs!!
Sorry. I think the way that examiners have treated you all is pathetic. They should be putting you at ease not making you cry. For goodness sake. I ave my viva coming up and it sounds very unpredictbale what can happen. I am sorry you have had these enounters.
Wow a 6 hour viva. I think I would have walked out of that! So good for you for sticking it out. I have a feeling that the outcome of your PhD is the outcome I will probably get and I can understand why you would not want to continue and I will probably feel the same. But at the same time... I do not think that I would be able to put those 4 years to waste. Do it again adn show that nasty examiner what your made of. Can you not talk to someone to get the examining team changed. Its not fair on you to be stuck in between examiner conflicts. They should not be taking their own insecurities out on you. What happesn when you resubmit? dp they say the whole 'congratulations etc' stuff? I just feel for you because I know thats waht will happen to me. Lots of love xx
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