Final year support thread

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08-Nov-16, 11:49
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posted about 4 years ago
My sup is hopeful for a November submission, but I doubt that now unless she reads it at lightening speed and then factoring in the time for the proof reader.

I sometimes say 'see p. X' or 'see *chapter name* chapter'. You have just reminded me now though that I need to go back and check all of those are consistent now as I have cut about 7 pages from the thesis just through making minor amendments to sentence length etc. So, thank you! :)
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08-Nov-16, 14:05
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by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
Good luck Zutterfly! I can't believe we are almost there :)
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08-Nov-16, 14:08
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posted about 4 years ago
or even just "section 4.2.4" Hugh is fine.
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08-Nov-16, 14:32
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by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
Quote From TreeofLife:
or even just "section 4.2.4" Hugh is fine.


Great thank you! I'll go with that then :)
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08-Nov-16, 18:33
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posted about 4 years ago
I finished the edits :o I have decided to print it at the uni tomorrow morning and go to the binding service to get it very cheaply bound (as my sup wants a hard copy that is secured together).

I already don't know what to do with myself haha
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08-Nov-16, 19:19
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by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
Quote From Zutterfly:
I finished the edits :o I have decided to print it at the uni tomorrow morning and go to the binding service to get it very cheaply bound (as my sup wants a hard copy that is secured together).

I already don't know what to do with myself haha


Well done!! Go the cinema, nice meal and then have a duvet day the next day :-D
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08-Nov-16, 19:32
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by teegs90
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posted about 4 years ago
Woo hoo, congratulations Zutterfly!
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08-Nov-16, 21:38
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posted about 4 years ago
Thank you guys :)

I have some social events planned for the rest of the week and it will be nice to go to those and not have to cram in thesis editing in between! I think I may go to the cinema at the weekend ;)

Have you had any news on yours yet Hugh?
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08-Nov-16, 21:40
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by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
Zutterfly, that sounds like a great plan, enjoy! :)

Nothing yet sadly. Still waiting. Have you sorted out your viva examiners? Any tips?
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09-Nov-16, 09:17
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posted about 4 years ago
I really hope you hear back soon Hugh, have you been a polite nuisance? If not, it may be time to become one to get your feedback ;)

I did have my examiners sorted then my internal dropped out (will be unavailable from December onwards) so going to have a meeting soon to try and sort out another. External is still in place though thankfully!

Tips...I started emailing my sup with a couple of names quite a few months ago. I was pushing for an external that I cite a lot in my thesis and is an expert in my area. Initially they wanted to go for someone else- a superstar in my field. I did agree but felt uneasy about it (nerves mainly). They then changed their mind to my original first choice and went about contacting them. So, there was a few email discussions about it then it fell in to place quickly after we had come to an agreement :)
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10-Nov-16, 09:53
by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
Thanks Zutterfly, I am hoping mine will be sorted soon too.

Has anyone used quant analysis/statistics in their thesis? If so, has anyone showed the variables used in the analysis within the text in brackets? Or is there no need to keep that all in? (I suspect there's no need but I just wanted to double check)
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10-Nov-16, 13:44
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posted about 4 years ago
Hi Hugh, I've used stats in my thesis, but I'm not quite sure what you mean about showing the variables in brackets - can you give me an example?
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10-Nov-16, 15:30
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by Hugh
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posted about 4 years ago
Quote From chickpea:
Hi Hugh, I've used stats in my thesis, but I'm not quite sure what you mean about showing the variables in brackets - can you give me an example?


Sorry! Let me try ...

So say my number 4 question in section A of the questionnaire is marked on my questionnaire with a reference of [A4] and the responses are coded as 'A4' variable. I then use A4 variable for analysis. When I am reporting the results of the analysis of A4, obviously I describe it in words, but should I make reference to the variable A4 in brackets? Or not really?
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10-Nov-16, 17:07
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posted about 4 years ago
I see what you mean - I have something similar in my study, as I have abbreviated names for my questionnaires. At the moment I am using both the abbreviation and the explanation of what it is, but I am aware that it might be a bit wordy and clumsy, so I'm going to have a read-through and decide if it's all necessary. I do include abbreviations in my text any time I've put in a figure or table containing the abbreviations, so that the explanatory text clearly ties in with the results I'm presenting, if that makes sense. I'm thinking there are some sections where the abbreviations won't be needed, eg the discussion section, where it'll be more of a general discussion of the results in relation to the research questions.
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14-Nov-16, 07:04
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posted about 4 years ago
How is everyone doing?

I handed my full draft to my supervisor last week. This week, I am making searching for jobs my new full time job. I got a rejection last week from a job I really wanted (and the interview went amazingly) so I took a few days to recover from that and come to terms with starting the job application process again!

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