Signup date: 23 Jun 2007 at 10:36pm
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sorry but doing two PhDs because the first one was in the wrong field is definitely a waste of life time. It's evidence of "wandering" around - the opposite of being focused and determined. Research interests can change, but I don't understand how a previous PhD in a different field can provide any benefits??
you should aim to complete the entire data collection until the end of the second year. IMHO you should aditionally produce full drafts of literature review and methods chapters until the end of the second year. That means at that point (after about 24-28 months) you should have about 50% of your thesis written down (not perfect but high standard and approved by advisor) and all data collected. That´s how I did it. The final year was then "sense-making" (which took me 4(!) months,analysis and write up (took me another 6 months).
Of course there are different ways to do this, also depending on the project itself so that is just based on my own experience.
By the way, when I first arrived in the UK, I got depressed. This is partly due to the climate. Although it is never really cold in winter, it's also almost never really warm in Summer. In other words, there are no real seasons, which I find very depressing. However, there are worse places to study. Another advice is to watch out for busses when you cross the road. Even if you are standing on the pavement (sidewalk), watch out, as the big side mirrors could easily chop your head off.
Possibly. When I'm sitting in my living room I can feel the breeze/wind from outside. I wonder why there is a house around me if I feel the weather inside anyway.
I just bought a bottle of the "Sambucol" stuff in Boots, a bit hard to find as it's under Vitamins and not in the cold remedies section. I'll let you know if it works for me.
If you count all the daily weird requests for funding, the Masters students (most of them are international, has something to do with the nature of masters studies and the UK university system), I would definitely say that the majority of users is not from the UK. It is however, just an assumption. Just to return the favour, how do you come to the conclusion that the reverse is true? Is it based on any in-depth study?
"Personally, what annoys me more than anything else in this regard is 'Americanized' English spelling!"
Well Fatbob, the population of the UK is approximately 50 millions, the population of the US 250 millions. I'm afraid the UK is outnumbered on this one. Plus, although this forum is UK based, the majority of users are of international origin. Therefore, they might feel equally annoyed with the British spelling.
Anyway, I am getting annoyed by the American way myself, but only because my former PhD supervisor told me off and trained me to write UK English. The language comes from England, so I symphatis(z)e. Nevertheless it has the air of British colonialism to make such a big fuss about it.
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