Final year support thread

posted
29-Apr-16, 16:05
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posted about 4 years ago
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Hi,

How are you all doing/progressing? I've finished writing up the chapter (finally!), but need to edit it, which is the stage I struggle with the most. It is not the hardest stage by far, but its the stage that I procrastinate the most in, because I find editing boring and monotonous. Also, every time I go through it, I always spot errors. Its hard to reach perfection.

Any suggestions/advice for editing?


Good luck Hugh! For me, it sometimes helps to get myself in lockdown for the first 2 or 3 hours in the morning. As in: No permission to do anything else than writing.
No phone.
No email
No music
No facebook

After this bootcamp I go out for a walk and allow myself to buy something delicious to eat


I like that strategy, thanks for sharing :) I'm going to try it tomorrow morning!


Did it work? ;-)
posted
29-Apr-16, 16:19
by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
Sarah, it did work :)

Chickpea and Zutterly, thanks. I have objectives clearly written up but that research question is the difficult one. I think I might wait till 1st drat is written up.
posted
30-Apr-16, 17:29
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posted about 4 years ago
Quote From Hugh:
Sarah, it did work :)

Chickpea and Zutterly, thanks. I have objectives clearly written up but that research question is the difficult one. I think I might wait till 1st drat is written up.


My overall question was very broad and not really a question, it was an exploration of attitudes/opinions/decisions over time, then I have three questions underneath that 'umbrella' so to speak that are slightly more specific.
posted
06-May-16, 16:50
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posted about 4 years ago
Hi folks, my first post! Somehow got to the final year of this thing, and looking forward to some support -- and giving some of my own -- for the last leg of the journey! :D
posted
06-May-16, 23:17
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posted about 4 years ago
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Hi folks, my first post! Somehow got to the final year of this thing, and looking forward to some support -- and giving some of my own -- for the last leg of the journey! :D


Welcome myoldmonkey! How is the final year treating you so far?
posted
07-May-16, 09:14
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posted about 4 years ago
Aw cheers Zutterfly! I feel like the whole thing for me has been one long exercise in emotional management! I waited for so long to become "ready" to get things done, and now I'm finally handing in those crappy first drafts- it sometimes feels like failing, but perhaps thats the only way to get things done. I am willing to believe in the miraculous power of editing ;)
How's everyone's week been?
posted
07-May-16, 10:15
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posted about 4 years ago
Quote From myoldmonkey:
Aw cheers Zutterfly! I feel like the whole thing for me has been one long exercise in emotional management! I waited for so long to become "ready" to get things done, and now I'm finally handing in those crappy first drafts- it sometimes feels like failing, but perhaps thats the only way to get things done. I am willing to believe in the miraculous power of editing ;)
How's everyone's week been?


We need the 'crappy drafts' to get anywhere near the finish line I think! I have recently been looking back upon chapters I wrote last year and realising that they need LOTS of editing. Some of them don't even make sense!

My week has been ok, I am close to finishing my final findings chapter to send to my supervisor, but I have had to shove it to one side as I agreed to do some undergraduate marking. I am working over the weekend to try and get closer to my own deadlines before I look at the marking pile. How about you? When is your deadline? (and I am asking this in as least pressured way as possible!)
posted
07-May-16, 11:12
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posted about 4 years ago
Oh well done you! Good luck! When are you hoping to get final findings in?

I can totally empathise, keep getting dragged back to planning lessons and marking whenever I hit the momentum!
I've also put off marking, to try get a chapter slightly more polished today before lunch, eek!

Then I'm coming back to the summaries of my chapters tomorrow to try and work out how it all hangs together and assign each a word count. Hopefully then it might feel like there's an actual project underneath the rubble!

When's your final hand in? I'm aiming for October :$
posted
07-May-16, 12:50
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posted about 4 years ago
In a few days! I went over my initial deadline of the end of April due to illness :(

Good luck with polishing; I plan to do that tomorrow and Monday. Today I have been dragged away from it as I am writing a paper for publication which I am chipping away at for the rest of the month.

The summary approach sounds really sensible along with setting word counts. I plan to also submit in October too as this gives me plenty of time (I hope) to go back and edit. I also need to cut about 10k out of my thesis. I have some ideas where I can cut down content though. I also think I will rewrite a couple of earlier chapters as now the findings are almost complete, some areas I have waffled on about are no longer relevant, whereas other things that I did not include are VERY relevant. This is the part I am dreading the most!
posted
07-May-16, 13:30
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by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
I like the summary approach too! I might try it.

I'm also aiming for Oct for 1st draft.

I've reached the stage where I'm fed up with the PhD and I can't believe I am saying this, but I feel like giving it up. I know I won't and I seriously can't, but I just can't wait for it to all be over, and I can move on with my life.
posted
08-May-16, 18:23
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posted about 4 years ago
Hi folks, gorgeous day! Hope you managed to enjoy some of it.
I know exactly what you mean Hugh, been there so many times. Is it because it feels overwhelming, or just that you'd rather be doing something else? For me it seemed to just drag up all my feelings of inadequacy, I guess I felt clever till this point!

All the best with the paper, Zutterfly. It sounds like you are well on track for the Oct submission, surely cutting is easier than adding?!

Submitted my ever so slightly polished chapter yesterday, so actually looking forward to doing the summaries- hopefully a good check in with where I'm at. I often find too that getting an overview of the thing reminds me that I'm excited about the ideas and need to get them down!
posted
09-May-16, 10:25
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posted about 4 years ago
I know what you mean too, Hugh, and can't wait to be done with it. I feel that I'm going to have this constant background anxiety until I'm finished with it, and am looking forward to having my life back! I don't think it helps that I'm thinking about non-academic jobs and therefore questioning, 'What is this even for?' - even though I started the PhD out of interest/ambition and not necessarily to enter academia!

Anyway, onwards and onwards - what are folks' plans for the week?
posted
09-May-16, 13:26
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by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
Myoldmonkey and chickpea, thank you! It's reassuring that others relate to my experience and feelings. I think it's a mixture of this had gone on too long, this is making me feel dumb, and what is the point of all this? BUT as chickpea said, onwards and upwards, let's get this thing finished! :)

This week for me is writing up literature review. I've got a lot of reading to do too, so I'm kind of doing it in tandem. I'm also expecting feedback back from supervisor on Friday and I'm dreading it. I know it's going to need revisions, but I just hope it doesn't bruise my self-confidence.

What are you all up to this week?
posted
09-May-16, 21:02
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posted about 4 years ago
Guys, I feel the same way about being eager to finish. It has been a beautiful day but I have literally sat at my desk all day marking before working on my thesis.

I am currently editing the chapter on paper before applying the amendments. I am hoping to send it off tomorrow! myoldmonkey- I plan to give myself a week off of the thesis once this chapter is in to focus on the paper and marking. I also want a break from looking at it before I tackle the conclusion! How are the summaries going?

So this week, I hope to have sent this chapter off to my sup, make some headway on the paper I am writing and get through my marking pile. I should also try to spend a day on some major revisions I got from a journal but I keep putting that off. What are you up to Chickpea?
posted
09-May-16, 21:30
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posted about 4 years ago
Everyone sounds very industrious!

I'm working on my biggest chapter, writing and analysing in tandem. I gave myself an extra month for this one, so hoping to have it drafted by the end of the month. I'm also still trying to do the dregs of data collection/recruitment for another chapter *bangs head off desk* Recruitment will just never finish, will it? I'll still be recruiting when I'm five years into working at Tesco!

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