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Thread: viva preparation

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16-Sep-16, 07:23
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Hi guys, my viva is in ten days. Can you please give me tips on how to prepare for the viva?
I was counting on powerpoint presentation but I was surprised to know that PPT is not allowed.
I am not sure how I am going to prepare for it? Should I write main points as guidelines or write a complete text of intro, body and conclusion?

thanks in advance

Thread: Final year support thread

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20-May-16, 17:01
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Could you guys please recommend a plagiarism software for me to download? I want to give it a try.

Thread: Final year support thread

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20-May-16, 16:22
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posted about 3 years ago
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Funding ending is really scary (at least for me anyways). I have some savings especially for this, so I'm hoping I'll be OK.

I had a question about track changes. Do you folks use track changes when you make changes to chapters? I've never used it before, and I'm wondering whether I should? I do keep a note of all the major changes I've made through each version, but I haven't been using track changes, and now I'm thinking maybe I should??


Track changes, first time knowing about such thing...i guess it will be helpful. For me I am kind of traditional, I do everything manually.

Thread: How did you come up with your title?

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20-May-16, 15:29
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Thanks. Just found this and thought it was quite helpful:


This site helped me as well formulating my thesis title. It's really helpful. But I could not commit myself exactly to both components: research focus and methodology. I focused on the first and added the location where the study took place

Thread: Final year support thread

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20-May-16, 14:51
by skyhoo
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Hello everyone,
I have just seen this thread. I would like to join you guys. Good luck all of you.
I am too on the verge of finishing. Although i still have to write the introduction, the conclusion and many modifications here and there, I try to keep myself positive and not break down. I say so because I want to submit within one month but my supervisor thinks it is still not ready. But I will prove him wrong, I will be able to manage. I need to finish and start off with my life.


Welcome skyhoo,

You sound like me here! I also have the conclusion, most of the introduction and a lot of editing to go. I am trying to maintain momentum, but I too feel similarly in that, I just want to finish and get on with my life!



Thank you Zutterfly. We can encourage each other then. It's also interesting to find people sharing the idea that phd seems like a barrier that holds us back from "living life", lol. Nevertheless, I have recently been trying to change my attitudes.


I think for me is because with the funding I receive, should I secure permanent employment before the funding period ends, my funding gets stopped. Hence, I feel like I need to submit and 'get on with my life' so I can progress to something else without this threat! What have you been working on this week skyhoo?


Same here. My funding ends next month.
Well, this week I have been working over many things at the same time cos I want to accelerate the process. I have started writing the introduction, checking the references and making modifications in the last chapter.
How about you?

Thread: Final year support thread

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19-May-16, 16:25
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Quote From Zutterfly:
Quote From skyhoo:
Hello everyone,
I have just seen this thread. I would like to join you guys. Good luck all of you.
I am too on the verge of finishing. Although i still have to write the introduction, the conclusion and many modifications here and there, I try to keep myself positive and not break down. I say so because I want to submit within one month but my supervisor thinks it is still not ready. But I will prove him wrong, I will be able to manage. I need to finish and start off with my life.


Welcome skyhoo,

You sound like me here! I also have the conclusion, most of the introduction and a lot of editing to go. I am trying to maintain momentum, but I too feel similarly in that, I just want to finish and get on with my life!



Thank you Zutterfly. We can encourage each other then. It's also interesting to find people sharing the idea that phd seems like a barrier that holds us back from "living life", lol. Nevertheless, I have recently been trying to change my attitudes.

Thread: Final year support thread

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19-May-16, 16:23
by skyhoo
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Quote From chickpea:
I check things over and over, Hugh. More ridiculously than that, I give them another check after I've sent them! Good luck with whatever you are sending.


Thanks, I feel a bit better now ;)
I don't have the courage to check it after I've sent it, I bet there are some typos.


To mention an embarrassing incident that once occurred to me regarding this, I thought I have finished re-reading and editing a chapter before sending it to the supervisor. It was to my surprise to find out that I sent the drafted one not the complete one. lol

Thread: Applying for university admin jobs

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18-May-16, 15:45
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posted about 3 years ago
Replying to your question, I think yes it does seem as a barrier for admin jobs, which I personally find this really absurd. But I think their viewpoint is that they couldn't afford paying you the salary that comes up to the expectation of a phd holder. I had the experience of a friend of mine with a Master's degree and she her job applications were declined more than once due to the master's degree. Most of them told her, we are afraid we cannot pay you as you might expect.

Thread: What can I expect?

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18-May-16, 14:47
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posted about 3 years ago
I agree with the tips offered by the fellows. I want to emphasize on the "writing early" tip.
Try to write early even if you are not sure of the plan. Writing will help you plan better. It is much easier to modify than to write at a later stage.
I don't want to sound gloomy, but don't expect the journey to be a bed of roses. Personally speaking, the Phd journey has taught me precious life lessons more than the lessons of my specialty. So be courageous and you will be able to rock it.

Thread: Final year support thread

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18-May-16, 14:32
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by skyhoo
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posted about 3 years ago
Hello everyone,
I have just seen this thread. I would like to join you guys. Good luck all of you.
I am too on the verge of finishing. Although i still have to write the introduction, the conclusion and many modifications here and there, I try to keep myself positive and not break down. I say so because I want to submit within one month but my supervisor thinks it is still not ready. But I will prove him wrong, I will be able to manage. I need to finish and start off with my life.

Thread: appendix_online interviews

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18-May-16, 14:01
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by skyhoo
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posted about 3 years ago
I see. Thank you guys. I appreciate it.
I hope my supervisor holds the same view as yours. I said I would verify the matter with you first before seeing what he thinks, cos he always surprises me with odd views.

Thread: appendix_online interviews

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18-May-16, 13:03
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Quote From Hugh:
No, not in appendix but keep it on your computer, in case examiners ask for it.


oh really? it sounds good, because there were so many typing errors from the part of the interviewees during the chat. But how to prove that I have employed online interviews, isn't that necessary for validation purposes?

Thread: appendix_online interviews

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17-May-16, 16:23
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by skyhoo
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posted about 3 years ago
Hi all,
I have employed an online interview (in an writing form via skype chat). Do I have to print out the chat and add it in the appendix?

thanks in advance

Thread: I wish he hadn't accepted

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23-Mar-15, 16:17
by skyhoo
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posted about 4 years ago
Does your supervisor know his topic and provides good, critical feedback?

Unfortunately, my topic doesn't fall within his specific field of specialization.

Thread: I wish he hadn't accepted

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23-Mar-15, 12:08
by skyhoo
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posted about 4 years ago
Well, generally I don't favour using "wishing thoughts" and regretting what has been done. But I feel that I need to vent out with hope of reading soliciting words on your part. The "he" refers to my supervisor who was excited to accept my project of research on the very beginning. But throughout my thesis journey, he has kept giving comments on "objectives" of the topic. Unfortunately, these comments don't help me proceed or develop my work , they rather make me discouraged and trying all the time to provide justifications. At times of despair, I just say, I wish he hadn't accepted my proposal from the beginning. I know that no need to cry over the spilled milk now. I just feel so down and demotivated.
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