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I recently completed my PhD (perceptual psychology) and am really interested in doing some work in music perception in the future...struggling to gain any kind of experience or 'way in' to this field, but there is an MA course I've seen that has a lot of perfect content (Except for research methodsy content which is rather old-hand for me now).
It might be an area of contention. As a student (and as a tutor who hates to spoonfeed), I'd say that if you run through your plans/results with a supervisor, and something important is missing or incorrect, the supervisor should be picking up on that. It should at least be brought up and discussed.
Hi everyone...newbie to this thread, here.
I've just started my 4th year (has to be my final year due to finance and the fact that I couldn't cope with a 5th!)
I have to finish some analysis (been awaiting (substantive) supervisor input for months) and then all the writing up! Had huge anxiety issues over the summer which are still continuing and I keep feeling like I'm losing time.
Yep. It's disgusting, really. I still have no idea what modules I will be teaching on - no idea re timetabling or content. I actually can't believe people expect us to do a good job with such little organisation and often very little prep time. Woe betide anyone who ends up with a Monday morning slot, too, because often the module leaders will not send out the material to cover until super last minute. (Last year I had 9am Monday every week for 12 weeks, and never ever got the stuff before 5pm on the preceding Friday; once in fact, the email dropped at 9.57am on the Monday. If I hadn't done a version of the same module the previous year, I would have had no content to teach in the class.)
I agree it does get easier with practice - marking especially. The first (2000 word) paper I marked took me about three hours. And it took a while to speed up because I was totally off-kilter with the criteria, and the comment-style to use, and the number boundaries for each grade etc. Two years in, I spend an hour or two getting used to the rubrics etc and then each paper takes maybe 30-45 mins.
I have been constantly told since starting that I "shouldn't be" spending more than 20 minutes per student. Well...if I didn't, they wouldn't get done.
During the semester, I typically have 6 hours of teaching (and on top of that maybe spend 1-2 hours on prep) per week, and then I'd get the associated marking, which is typically a report and an exam for each student I teach, and mostly falls within a month of the last week or two of a semester (yes that means over christmas, too).
First thing to be careful of is that often your teaching will be described in terms of contact-time, so it is easy to overload yourself by thinking that the contact-time is the whole amount of time you'll actually spend - often your prep/marking time will be outside of that amount.
If you can, I'd recommend getting more than one class/group on the same module/seminar - then you're more effective i.e. 1 hour of prep to do the same seminar three times vs 3 hours of prep to do three different seminars? Unfortunately my department doesn't let us do this, and the ineffectiveness of it baffles me (and it also means that people teach on modules that they find absolutely boring, which makes it a hard job to engage students)
Can anyone recommend any apps or software to store/organise all my journal articles, photocopies and scanned in copies of notebook pages which are currently stored in a very hideous-manner!
Ideally I want something where I can add tags to a document when I add it, so that, for example, I can search keywords and come up with all the relevant papers and notes when writing later.
So I had my meeting today and tried to raise some of the issues. My overarching feeling is that a lot of the issues were simply pinned on me - no acknowledgement that things in the situation/project could be contributing.
I was interrupted mid-sentence with the suggestion that I should go on holiday. I think the worst time to go is when stuck - just increases the chance of not wanting to come back, and prolongs actually making any smidge of progress.
Yes. (That's the short answer).
It's a bit different for me as I'm often in the office (big office, so I see the other students fairly often) but it's strange because a lot of the time, although you're together, you're all working on different things so you don't always have things that you can talk about. I find it isolating that I can't just ask for an opinion on an idea for example (even with my supervisor) because generally nobody has the time/desire to listen to the preamble of explanation needed for the basis of the actual question.
Part 3 (last part I think)
I wrote a short chapter draft based on my first study (months ago) and was told to send it to a journal (at this stage it was certainly not a paper - e.g. it had no introduction of the concepts because I'd written it as a 'middle' chapter) and I'm still waiting for actual comments on it.
Weeks ago, I sent a progress report and an email questioning my own reasoning and rationale and received no comments on that either - despite spelling out that I feel that the methods are not really valid.
I feel as though there isn't much in the way of a way forward from where I am.
Equally, I've lost a lot in the process: in thinking this through today, I have no friends/family that I can call to talk it through. Doing this has taken relationships, time, health, money, everything.
If I quit, I lose my mental health support worker, I lose friends/colleagues from the PhD cohort, I lose face, I lose money, I lose my flat. My CV/general reputation will be hindered if I quit: I won't get to start again elsewhere with a new project because as much as I feel I've tried here, not completing is going to be seen as a failure on my part. I don't have the experience needed to get a non-academic non-research kind of job. And I don't have the finances to survive without my stipend.
If I stay, and fail, I'll be in the same kind of position just a year or two older.
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