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Thread: What is the best way you found to take notes while researching your topic?

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07-Oct-18, 01:50
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I am not familiar with your area of study but I would have thought that most of your research was coming from primary literature sources - i.e. journal articles rather than books. In that case I would print the articles and use highlighters and post-its and I would probably write summaries of each paper too.

I am also a bit confused when you say "type the passages". You would surely want to summarise in your own words in a separate Word document for each resource you have read.

Thread: Research methodology in humanities/ social sciences?

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07-Oct-18, 01:46
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Isn't investigation of methodology part and parcel of your researching?
You seem to be suggesting it's a separate task.
Is your research showing no literature hits for the methodology you mentioned above?

Thread: Phd, health issues and stress

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07-Oct-18, 01:43
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You need to approach this in a few ways.

1) You need to prioritise coming to terms with your illness. To start with you need to stop calling it C and start calling it by its real name. I think this is the primary root of all your other problems. You then need to accept that this illness has consequences for your ability to continue doing things as you have been up to now. You are trying to carry on as though things have not changed. That is going to make things considerably worse for you physically and mentally. There is no way to sugar coat what is happening to you. How you handle this first big task will determine what you do next.

2) You need to stop expecting things from other people. There is no law which says people have to care about you. If your supervisor doesn't care then that's the end of it. If your colleagues don't want to help you, that is also their right. You cannot control people. What you CAN do is control how you allow their behaviour to affect you. You don't really need any of them. Not really.

3) There is no honour in stubbornly refusing to ask for deadline extensions when you are ill. Don't be silly over this. Get the extension you need. You have more pressing issues righht now than worrying about how others view you.

4) You are having to deal with a major illness but you are worried about looking weak and feeling embarassed about struggling? Once you complete step 1 above, I hope you will come to see how crazy it is to be thinking like this and that you will see more clearly where your priorities are.

It is crucial that you have friends or family who can provide the shoulder you need to lean on during what must be a horrendous time for you. You need all the help you can get. Best of luck with this.

Thread: Phd, health issues and stress

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06-Oct-18, 03:20
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You have said you are not looking for pity so let's try and get a firm grasp on your problem.

Before I offer advice here, I would like to ask two pretty direct questions.

1) Does your supervisor and your colleagues know about your illness?
2) Do you believe the root issue is your illness or your PhD problems or are those two things inseparable?

Thread: Master Thesis: why do people follow influencers? Help

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06-Oct-18, 03:02
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That's a good point about social media being disruptive technology for marketing.
It used to be that for credibility, a company had to advertise in newspapers, on radio and had to have a landline and a full website and a traditional office location.
My current business has only a Facebook page, a mobile phone and no formal office at all. We run 3 seperate but compatible mini businesses from one premises. Things have completely changed over the last 15 years. The best advice now for a new business is to give out free stuff which costs you nothing (like advice or whatever) to build your potential customer base quickly and then try to upsell for cash from there. Traditional marketing methods dont seem to work anymore. As much as I absolutely loathe Twitter, it does seriously democratise business. Anyone with an internet connection can make money without having any to start with. It's liberating and exciting. Rather than relying on one business idea to bring in all the money you need, it is very common to have several co-existing business streams with each bringing in money, the total being more than enough to live on.

Thread: How Much Do My Exam Results Matter

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05-Oct-18, 02:15
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Whether or not your grade will be relevant will depend entirely on what the requirements are for the job you are applying for and how many other better qualified candidates are competing with you.

rewt is mostly correct. Of course the degree matters but real experience is significantly more important. If you have good relevant experience and a good degree, you are likely to be a good candidate for an interview.

This is because, the vast majority of jobs do not need particularly high levels of skill which would justify recruiting a PhD or someone with a 1st class hence this move away from demanding only the top grades for those types of roles. To be honest, I don't understand why companies who, for example, require people like human resource administrators, computer programmers or those working on the production facilities of chemical and biochem factories, don't simply hire motivated school leavers and train them up at a fraction of the wage of someone with a 2:2 who quite frankly is going to be just as useful on day one.

I would suggest that those hiring the very best employees for highly skilled roles will be as demanding as ever as regards grades.

Thread: How good memory I should have for PhD study?

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05-Oct-18, 02:10
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You should avoid seeking further advice from whoever told you that pile of nonsense.
Those who rely on memorising anything soon come up short at one point or another.

Thread: Master Thesis: why do people follow influencers? Help

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05-Oct-18, 01:58
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People have been following other people for generations. There is an entire industry of celebrity endorsement which works exclusively on the principle. I would be very surprised if you didn't find a whole ton of research on this very weird and utterly depressing phenomena. I'd also be very surprised if there was anything that social media aspect of this could teach us that hasn't already been published.

So, take social media out of the equation and check the literature for celebrity endorsement. You might have better luck there.

ETA: Having thought about this for a bit more, what is particularly striking is that in the absence of traditional, genuine, highly talented, household name celebrities, much of society seems prepared to elevate complete non-entities, who lack any apparent talent whatsoever, into their place. There might be some mileage in researching that phenomenon. It started with Big Brother 18 or so years ago so there won't be much literature about it. You might get a clean run there. Andy Warhol talked about the famous "15 minutes of fame" years before that though so you might have some digging to do if this interested you at all.

Thread: Quality of PhD graduates

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03-Oct-18, 13:51
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Hope98, I am curious to know how you know for certain what was discussed during her viva.
Were you present?

Thread: Advice

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03-Oct-18, 13:40
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In order to create something which nobody else has done in that field you may well need to go through formal academic literature on the subject rather than online courses or books. Google Scholar is your best bet followed by the use of sci-hub to get around the publisher paywalls.

Thread: Advice!

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03-Oct-18, 13:37
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Jobergstein,
Talking about suing anyone is nonsense unless you have a swathe of solid evidence to back you up. I would drop this mindset right now and focus on getting prepared for the defence of your thesis.
Pass that and move on with your life. That would be my advice.

It sounds to me that you are only using the threat of suing as a way of making yourself cope with the fear of failing. Using crutches like this is highly destructive and you should stop it today.

Thread: Still no research question after a year

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28-Sep-18, 07:53
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rewt, this is very good advice but the problem is that very very few people starting a PhD will have this ability. Even those with a 1st in their subject are going to really struggle to come up with their own research question. This is especially true in science for example where the level of maths required to be able to understand leading edge papers is well beyond that taught at undergraduate level.
Good supervision is needed at this early stage with supervisors helping students to craft the first problem they will solve. If I'd had to come up with my own problem on day one I would still be on my PhD today. Maybe I was just lucky but when I hear starting students being expected to craft their own research proposals I get sweaty palms. Kudos to those of you who can do that.

Thread: How to talk to your supervisor about depression

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27-Sep-18, 15:54
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TheatrePlode, you have two issues here as far as I can tell from your posts. Firstly whether you should do the PhD at all and secondly what to do to support yourself if you quit.
I think you need to separate them because fear of the second issue is forcing a decision on the first issue.

I think you probably don't want to do the PhD. I think you have burnt out. Look in a mirror and ask yourself out loud whether you even want to do a PhD? Forget about alternatives for a moment and resolve this issue first. You can always do a PhD a few years from now.

Having made that decision(assuming you want to quit) the second issue simply becomes a matter of choosing a job. Consider something as stressfree as possible for 12 months to give your brain a chance to calm down a bit. You need much less money to survive than most people think.

Your mental health may not improve until you free yourself from the rat race you are in.

Thread: Perfectionism, procrastination and thesis writing

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18-Sep-18, 13:08
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posted about 3 months ago
The irony is that your fear of failure is causing you to go down a path which virtually guarantees that this is where you will end up.
There are no easy fixes. It all boils down to how badly you want to finish,

There is only one sustainable way to write a thesis in my experience and that is to break the document down into manageable 2 to 5 page sections. This should be done before a single word is written. Just siting down and writing and making it up as you go seriously risks producing a poor document. Once you have the problem (the thesis) broken down into those small sections, progress can be very quick and easy because the structure of the thesis has written itself in that breakdown.

Thread: Horrible masters viva - examiner conduct

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12-Sep-18, 08:04
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I know it isn't easy hearing others criticise you, and it sounds like this person is yet another academia arsehole but to be honest I think you would be best to try and focus on what was wrong with both your presentation and your work in general. It sounds like it wasn't as good as you thought it was and it is very important to find out why. Try and see the rest of it as pointless froth.

I have to be honest that if I had been in your situation, I would have walked into that office and asked them straight what their issue was with my performance in a non aggressive but highly assertive manner. Easier said than done but I couldn't have just stood there hearing my work being torn apart.
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