Final year support thread

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27-Sep-17, 21:10
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posted about 1 year ago
Hi everyone...newbie to this thread, here.

I've just started my 4th year (has to be my final year due to finance and the fact that I couldn't cope with a 5th!)

I have to finish some analysis (been awaiting (substantive) supervisor input for months) and then all the writing up! Had huge anxiety issues over the summer which are still continuing and I keep feeling like I'm losing time.
posted
01-Oct-17, 07:38
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by Pjlu
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posted about 1 year ago
Quote From PerceptuaLenna:
Hi everyone...newbie to this thread, here.

I've just started my 4th year (has to be my final year due to finance and the fact that I couldn't cope with a 5th!)

I have to finish some analysis (been awaiting (substantive) supervisor input for months) and then all the writing up! Had huge anxiety issues over the summer which are still continuing and I keep feeling like I'm losing time.


Hi there, sorry to read about the anxiety with the waiting for feedback and then the writing to follow. Are you able to write or do some lit review upgrades or reference checks while waiting for the feedback? This might help with some of the anxiety that arises from not working and might also help knock off some of the less interesting but important organisational tasks. You will get there though, I'm sure.

I have had a three month or so extension added to my preferred submission date due to my second supervisor who has been very busy and taken a long time to return chapters. I did follow up with emails and while I felt like I was pestering, was worried that it might slip off her agenda if I didn't follow up, especially as my final 6 months of this doctorate has been via distance due to a new job and an interstate move.

Second Supervisor now only has one chapter (my final main chapter) and the conclusion to return, and I am expecting these in the next day or so. Corrections only take an hour or so as they are very minor corrections. It has been a long exercise in patience. Hoping to post I've submitted very very soon...

Don't be too afraid of asking for a timeline from your supervisor regarding feedback. It is possible to do this and still be polite and have reasonable expectations I think. Good luck PerceptualLenna.
posted
03-Oct-17, 06:00
by Pjlu
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posted about 1 year ago
I have just submitted! So happy about this. My second supervisor raced through the final chapters in record time in the last couple of days once she had managed to work her way through some responsibilities and I made the corrections every time I received some feedback. Worked round the clock in the last day and evening and it has been uploaded and officially submitted.

Whew!! I will let people know of outcomes/corrections when it's marked. Most likely at least another 3 months or so before I even hear, but ah well. Best of luck to all on this thread-its a great feeling to be here at long long last. Just under 6 years to the day of starting the PhD as a part time student :) :) :).
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03-Oct-17, 18:08
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by pm133
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posted about 1 year ago
Quote From Pjlu:
I have just submitted! So happy about this. My second supervisor raced through the final chapters in record time in the last couple of days once she had managed to work her way through some responsibilities and I made the corrections every time I received some feedback. Worked round the clock in the last day and evening and it has been uploaded and officially submitted.

Whew!! I will let people know of outcomes/corrections when it's marked. Most likely at least another 3 months or so before I even hear, but ah well. Best of luck to all on this thread-its a great feeling to be here at long long last. Just under 6 years to the day of starting the PhD as a part time student :) :) :).


Wow, that was very quick for a part time PhD.
Congratulations on submitting.
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04-Oct-17, 06:42
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by Pjlu
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posted about 1 year ago
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Wow, that was very quick for a part time PhD.
Congratulations on submitting.


Thank you PM133! It helped completing the PhD in the area that I work in. That can make a real difference to time lines I think. Thanks for your response, cheers P.
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11-Oct-17, 10:34
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posted about 1 year ago
For final year thread support, we are providing tips and made projects too
some students wants it in group or want to do individually
posted
15-Oct-17, 18:40
by Miss29
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posted about 1 year ago
Quote From Pjlu:
I have just submitted! So happy about this. My second supervisor raced through the final chapters in record time in the last couple of days once she had managed to work her way through some responsibilities and I made the corrections every time I received some feedback. Worked round the clock in the last day and evening and it has been uploaded and officially submitted.

Whew!! I will let people know of outcomes/corrections when it's marked. Most likely at least another 3 months or so before I even hear, but ah well. Best of luck to all on this thread-its a great feeling to be here at long long last. Just under 6 years to the day of starting the PhD as a part time student :) :) :).


Congrats, Pjlu. Well done.

I submitted my thesis as well almost three weeks ago and I am still waiting for dispatch confirmation. Could not enjoy the submission moment yet.
posted
19-Oct-17, 01:26
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posted about 1 year ago
Hello all, first time poster in this tread, I'm due to sumbit in early March...this is after getting an extension. So I already feel like a failure.

Worried I'm going to fail. I have very unsupportive and basically absent supervisor. On top of that I feel I'm slow and at this point feel resistance to reading over what I've written so far...it seems crap.
On top of that I'm n ot even sure I have enough data.

I have 4. 5 months technically , but the weeks go by so fast.
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21-Jan-18, 07:45
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posted about 10 months ago
Hello all!
New member and first time blogger.
I received some general comments from my primary supervisor about my first complete rough draft, and there's a lot of work that needs to be done. I appreciate that it's my first complete rough draft and at least two of the chapters was my first attempt to draft them at all, but I still felt a little gutted and blaming myself for not taking more time. My maximum submission date is September this year, but time goes by so quickly and I don't want to lose a moment. Is anyone else experiencing doubt about their abilities and all the rest?
posted
13-Feb-18, 15:31
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posted about 9 months ago
I am an Engineering Ph.D. student, and I will finish my 4th year this April. I have invested quite a lot in my research while striving with a lousy supervisor. I am working on a topic that doesn't fit into the institute I am working in. I know I shouldn't complain because I accepted this in the beginning. The lack of proper references caused me to always be in a self-evaluation mode. I have selected the position I have because I was passionate about my topic and I couldn't find any other advisor at the time. Because of the amount of work that I have to do all my hobbies faded away and now I only do this seemingly addictive activity called research. Although my colleagues describe me as a successful candidate, I always feel under a tremendous amount of pressure on what comes next and how to prepare for it. My supervisor is also no help at all. I have read on the forum that you shouldn't expect this, and that from your advisor, or the state of being continuously uncertain about your topic is natural but as I read more, I feel alienated more. I ask myself how people are handling these issues much better than I do. I have contacted several people in my topic and established small connections, to reduce the lack of context. However, I can't say that it helped much for the reasons that I don't know either and the damn pressure is just continuing to kill me. One day I am delighted that I became an independent researcher, the other day I blame myself to be a silent researcher who no one pays attention to. Just before the Christmas, my advisor asked me to stay another year, and I don't know why the hell I said yes to that.
At this stage in my life, I am very doubtful of what I should do next because I have lost the sense of what is normal and what is not anymore in decision making.
posted
19-Feb-18, 04:33
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posted about 9 months ago
i,
First time here. My defence is one month away. Not too worried about that, but more concer on finding a postdoc position.
I saw some people said they had applied to more than ten places, but no lucky. Is it that hard to get a postdoc job?
posted
25-Feb-18, 00:45
by Owl_82
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posted about 9 months ago
I have submitted my corrected thesis after carrying out major corrections which were suggested from the viva. However the internal examiner has asked to see me to go through the corrections. I'm feeling so anxious and stressed that she will not pass me. Has anyone had anything like this or know if it's a good or bad sign that she wants to see me?
posted
14-Mar-18, 15:59
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posted about 8 months ago
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posted
06-Jul-18, 18:22
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posted about 4 months ago
Dear all is this also a thread for applying for lecturer jobs? does anyone have experience on that? I have been working after my PhD in unis abroad and in industry but wanted to apply in the UK. My first attempts were rejections although i fill 90% of the criteria except the HEA licence.........anyone got tips on how to proceed? thanks!
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07-Aug-18, 12:12
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by zepzep
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posted about 3 months ago
Hi Everyone!

I think I am trying to write (on history), but every sentence I write seems garbage to me. This is my final year, I am pushing myself so damn hard to finish my work, but I am constantly devastated by distractions. My problems are basically;

1-I can't seem to remember some vital, general details, although I thought I have known very well.
2-I constantly see other people's work, who worked on similar topic ( although I know mine will be very different from them, I know this is social science, I can't help but feeling hopeless, insufficient)
3-Although I write stuff, I fell its useless
4-I have an absent supervisor.
5-Time flies, I feel I am falling apart. I am totally lack of self-confidence.

Help!

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