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Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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03-Jan-17, 19:55
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I found this to be a huge problem and it got me seriously worrying about my mental capacity! The only thing that helped me was writing: not just note taking but trying to write what I had read into an article or chapter.

Thread: A PhD thesis with just 2 case studies?

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12-Dec-16, 15:09
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posted about 3 years ago
How's it going?

Thread: How long did it take for your supervisor to read your draft?

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12-Dec-16, 15:05
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posted about 3 years ago
I don't think mine actually commented on the whole draft (and seeing as I only completed the last chapter hours before submitting, this is hardly surprising!) but they did give extensive comments on each individual chapter.

Thread: Mental health as a PhD student

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01-Dec-16, 14:58
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I was diagnosed with GAD while doing my PhD but, to be honest, I'm pretty sure I already had bad anxiety before starting. The pressure of studying while working, looking after kids really didn't help but I can't really blame that on the PhD if you see what I mean.

Thread: Cost of PhD

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25-Nov-16, 11:01
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My university didn't pay for any stationery or printing. I also paid for book loans (at least the postage) which probably amounted up to about £100 over the years. I bought a laptop although my university now loans them out if you want them. I also paid for some equipment (pedal for transcription and some software). I didn't go to many conferences but there was some funding for this.

Thread: My university has let me down

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23-Nov-16, 07:27
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posted about 3 years ago
I appreciate the frustration but from what you have written, it seems like pushing for the correct forms could actually work against you. If both examiners choose 2.1 then you are worse off then you are now, if I have understood correctly.

Thread: A PhD thesis with just 2 case studies?

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18-Nov-16, 16:39
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Have you done any of the analysis yet? I think the answer would depend on the quality of the material you have already. With a very in-depth study it may be possible to have fewer participants but examine the material more closely. The trouble is until you have done the analysis it is difficult to say whether what you have is enough.

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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18-Nov-16, 16:36
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Oh no, I am so sorry to hear this. When I saw this thread at the top of the board, I was really rooting for you that it was all resolved. Others have written already with good advice but I just wanted to say, hang in there and we're all thinking of you!

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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14-Nov-16, 10:38
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Hello anz07 - hope you have heard something by now. I got my examiners' report (passed with minor corrections) through today and it actually says on it that the university will inform the student if the corrections have been accepted within 3 weeks of submission - do you have anything in writing?

Thread: Viva on Friday

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11-Nov-16, 15:04
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Hope it went well!

Thread: What is the best way to communicate with sups

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11-Nov-16, 14:35
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I always sent things ahead too otherwise you spend half the meeting explaining what you want to actually talk about.

Thread: Viva on Friday

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08-Nov-16, 15:32
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You sound more prepared than I was! Good luck - and remember to eat some breakfast!

Thread: Waiting for Result After Minor Revisions

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06-Nov-16, 13:42
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Any news? I hope you have heard something by now.

Thread: Very depressed over typos in Phd thesis...

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05-Nov-16, 07:37
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Incertus - I had quite a few typos too but they weren't a problem. I was just told to fix them.

Thread: Still can't believe it!

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05-Nov-16, 07:35
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Hello everyone. I have just had my viva this past week and passed with minor corrections. I am in shock - albeit a very nice shock!

I just wanted to thank everyone who helped me on here over the years, both with finding articles and providing excellent advice and encouragement when I was flagging (which was often!) You really are a lovely bunch. I found the whole process really hardgoing at times (I had two babies during my candidacy which was great but certainly didn't help!) and was mainly working from a distance so this forum really helped me feel like I was actually a "real" student.

At several points I thought about giving up as I really seemed to be making no progress at all and between work and family commitments it seemed like it was taking over my whole life. However, I changed to part-time status and kept on plugging away at it and I got there in the end. I really want to encourage anyone else feeling the same way to keep at it as, even though it might seem that you are not getting anywhere, mine only really started coming together in the last six months!

The viva was fairly brief (about an hour and a quarter) compared to some I have read on here and I have to say it was actually quite pleasant! I haven't had much chance to talk about my research so it was good to finally get to do that. The questions were thoughtful and probing but not at all aggressive. I was mainly asked to explain my thought processes behind the methodological choices and what impact they had on my results.

I now have a few months to make the corrections (mainly small omissions and typos) and I am actually looking forward to making the corrections and "polishing" it.

Best of luck to everyone still going through it - and especially to the parents of young children who are trying to complete with a million distractions!
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