Major Corrections = Stress with no bounds!

13-Mar-18, 08:29
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 1 week ago
Hi all,

I had major corrections in October. I've completed most of them to my best ability, and I feel these, and some of the minor ones do improve my thesis. The problem is I'm feeling extremely stressed and worried about the whole process and have started work in a research institute. It's been so hard, and I can't stop worrying about the whole thing, even though I feel I'm doing what is required of me.

I worry "will the examiner pick on this, or that", almost recursively, to the point of almost losing my sanity.

I've created a spreadsheet of all my changes, but before I submit the ammendments I'm going through a few points in the analysis part of my discussion on a chapter that was started back in 2014 near the start of my PhD. Most of my contributions, although related have come from a later chapter (2x full papers this this chapter ) and other chapters (1x paper). I also have 5 conference contributions as well. However I just feel whatever I'm doing has not been enough for the examiners, it's very demoralising.

I love science and just want to have the opportunity to do research, and for that I need my doctorate, which I feel I have worked so hard for. I really do despair.
13-Mar-18, 09:18
edited about 28 seconds later
Avatar for Tudor_Queen
posted about 1 week ago
Hi J_W, hopefully someone who has been through their viva / corrections will come and give you some encouragement/advice here, but I just wanted to say that what you are going through from what I have heard is completely normal. Doing a PhD - knowing what is expected of you, wondering if you're meeting the expectations, wondering if it is enough etc etc - is like a psychological roller coaster at times, and is not fun (the SCIENCE part is...). You will do it! If I recall rightly then yours actually could have been minor corrections - but they put major down out of kindness to give you more time to do them. It's worth remembering that fact.
13-Mar-18, 11:34
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 1 week ago
Hi Tudor,

Hope you're doing well. Yes, I guess you're right. I don't think 3 months would have been enough time, so I agree that was actually an act of kindness during this torturous process!
13-Mar-18, 15:38
edited about 9 seconds later
Avatar for c_phillips
posted about 1 week ago
This feels like it could have been written by me.

I had my VIVA in August and have only just submitted my major corrections. It's been a nightmare few months. I've read through the thesis what feels like a hundred times and keep spotting mistakes and it feels as though the nightmare will never end, particually as my examiners were so thorough.

I can't comment on your examiners, but my feeling is that as long as you can show that you have understood and attempted to tackle each of their questions, you will be fine. If they really didn't like it, they wouldn't have passed you!

THe thing is - it is stressful. I spent the last 10 or so weekends working on my corrections and countless evenings (and when working full time this really takes it out of you). The thing is, you've come this far, you're going to do it and you are going to submit the corrections one way or the other, so just do it!

One thing that really helped me was I got a proof reader in to check my thesis for any glaring errors. This was a massive weight off my mind as I knew grammar, reference inconsistencies and small mistakes would be spotted.

I'd strong reccomend: You can put exactly what you want checked and your budget and then you get loads of replies from professionals who have various degrees of experience. You can then select the person that you think is best and go with that. Mine was great (Stephen Pigney).
13-Mar-18, 17:01
edited about 11 seconds later
Avatar for Jamie_Wizard
posted about 1 week ago
Thanks for the empathy C_P.

When we submit major corrections, is it likely for them to come back with minors or grammatical mistakes?


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