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Thread: HELP! Corrections to submit today - more minor than major?

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17-Mar-16, 18:42
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Thanks everyone! I'll know by 5th April... eeek!
Hope yours are going ok Tulip and are finished soon

Thread: I don't think I can do this.

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17-Mar-16, 18:39
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I had loads to write in the last month or so of my PhD, and it was really pressured, but I got there. You'll be absolutely fine. Think about it like this - 2 months = roughly 60 days. 20,000 words over 60 days = 333 words a day. Very do-able. I had a goal of 500 words each day. Often, on good days, I'd write way more than that. But if I had a 'bad day' I still tried to get 500 words written. Keep going! (And maybe just keep writing until you've got more words, and think about editing/unpicking things later)

Thread: Waiting for corrections to be accepted

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09-Mar-16, 10:40
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No-one tells you how stressful the corrections process is!! After submitting my corrections this morning I feel petrified that they won't be accepted. Or that (because I haven't shown the corrections to anyone) there's a big typo that I've missed, or I don't know I've highlighted a section in yellow and forgotten about it or something stupid like that.

Friends have said 'oh it's a formality' but is it really? How many people don't get their corrections accepted?

Thread: HELP! Corrections to submit today - more minor than major?

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09-Mar-16, 10:35
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So, I submitted them but it was late. The Grad School sent me a really nasty intimidating email yesterday (day after deadline) but I just wasn't finished. Submitted this morning just after 7am. I am petrified they won't be accepted. I wrote 3,500 in 3 days and I have no idea whether the quality is good enough. I think maybe this should have been modest corrections instead... but at least this way it's done quickly.

Thread: Panic over thesis corrections

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07-Mar-16, 12:37
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I'm feeling your pain Tulip! I'm doing my corrections now too, and they have to be in today (why I'm faffing about on here, lord only knows)
Anyway, I think yes, just stick to what's on the list. That's how I'm approaching mine too. There were things they raised in the viva that aren't on the list and I'm not addressing those. I think you can use those afterwards if you want to publish some of the thesis... that's how I'm reading it.
And of course they can't not accept your corrections for things they didn't ask you to do :)

Thread: At what point in your PhD did you know what you were really doing?

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07-Mar-16, 12:27
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Not at least until the 2nd year (part-time). And even then there were periods when I went off track and lost what I was doing, then had to try and find it again. It's a natural and normal part of the process. My PhD project 6 weeks in was radically different from my submitted thesis.

Thread: HELP! Corrections to submit today - more minor than major?

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07-Mar-16, 12:13
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Hi All,

So as some of you'll remember I passed my viva in January with minor corrections.
As usual (*le sigh*) I have left things to the last minute. In my defence, I've been teaching a lot this semester. Anyhoo, they're due in TODAY... haha... argh!

I'm wondering if my corrections are actually major rather than minor. I'm hoping that I can just insert a few paragraphs and I'll be ok, but I am not so sure.

There are four points, two of which are definitely reasonably small (they say things like 'a short section' or 'a couple of sentences').
But one of them is that I need a 'a more substantial and distinct theoretical framework section'. In that they want to see some definitions of some terms I assumed that the reader would be familiar with. So I have six specified terms to define. I was hoping that I could just do a paragraph on each, and an intro and outro paragraph for the section and be done with it... I know how to define each term, so I don't have to do any additional reading etc. I really need some moral support - CAN I DO THIS?!!

I'm now panicking that I don't have enough time and that the corrections won't be accepted. I don't have time to show what I've done to my supervisor.
Anyone had their corrections not accepted?

PANICCC!!!!!!

Thread: I passed!

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18-Jan-16, 16:39
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Thanks everyone - partied hard this weekend! ;)

Thread: I passed!

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12-Jan-16, 20:28
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Passed with minor corrections! Can't quite believe it!

It was quite an enjoyable experience in a kind of nervewracking way. The discussion stayed fairly broad and I didn't need to open my thesis at any point, just had to explain certain concepts/decisions I'd made. They want me to do a bit of writing but it's mostly just explaining things that I've assumed people know, and defining a couple of concepts more clearly. No typos at all!

Thanks to everyone on here who has been so supportive and helped me through panics - glowworm, caro, chickpea, cherub, tulip, emmaki, docinsanity, zaorazor, Bilbobaggins (any any others who I've missed, sorry!) you're all awesome! (sorry for the over-exclamating - excited!)

Thread: Rereading thesis before viva - it's not very good :(

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10-Jan-16, 21:10
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Will do! Eeeeeeek!

Thread: Rereading thesis before viva - it's not very good :(

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10-Jan-16, 15:41
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Thanks everyone!

Thread: Rereading thesis before viva - it's not very good :(

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10-Jan-16, 12:49
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Thanks emmaki and Caro!
Caro - what sort of things did they have concerns about, if you don't mind me asking? How much detail did they go into?

Thread: Rereading thesis before viva - it's not very good :(

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09-Jan-16, 15:37
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I just don't feel very much like an expert! But I guess I am... the main chapters that I'm reading through today are much better, so I'm feeling a bit less scared today :) Thanks for the encouragement

Thread: Rereading thesis before viva - it's not very good :(

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08-Jan-16, 21:44
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Thanks chickpea - I guess it is just the fear of the unknown. I feel really underprepared and I just hope they ask me very general questions!!

Thread: Rereading thesis before viva - it's not very good :(

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08-Jan-16, 20:29
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I'm having a bit of a freak out. It's my viva on Monday I just reread my introduction and there are holes and issues and gaps, and I'm worried... I think the main chapters are better, but I'm still a bit panicked. Did this happen to anyone else on rereading?
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