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31-Aug-17, 07:49
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posted about 2 months ago
Waited a while to do this, but passed my viva in June 2017 with minor corrections, and was awarded my PhD in July 2017 :)

Thread: Upcoming viva and lost confidence in my thesis

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03-Jun-17, 11:14
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Thank you all for your reassurance.

It is not too long now, and I think it is fear of the unknown and I have often experienced feelings of self doubt.

Chickpea- I have always had the imposter syndrome, but I think reading my thesis with a critical eye just made it much worse. Also, yes you are right - I hear 'it needs to pass not be perfect' quite often, but I keep thinking how gutting it will be if it isn't even 'passable' or if it needs major reworking. There are things I do want to add to strengthen it and develop some of the points further though. I have made a list of literature I want to incorporate, and have inserted post its in the thesis to show where I would like to insert this.

Effin- I think part of my anxiety stems from the fact I do not feel like an expert in some things in my thesis, particularly the underpinning philosophical approach of my work and I have recently discovered one of my examiners is and I just feel like I have approached things in the wrong way. I also have a lot of interesting data that is not in the thesis to keep it as concise as possible, and I just felt that some of my arguments could be better. Your point about the examiners approaching it with the expectation that it will pass is comforting too, so thank you :) I think I have created them in my mind as these monsters that are going to attempt to trip me up.

Thread: Upcoming viva and lost confidence in my thesis

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29-May-17, 16:48
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The title says it all really,

I submitted my PhD (social sciences) a couple of months ago. I worked incredibly hard on my thesis, felt it was a strong piece of research, my supervisor felt, and still feels, it is of a high standard.

I was confident until I started preparing for my viva. Upon re-reading the thesis and reading more around it, I feel as though the paradigm I chose does not really work, the analysis is patchy and inconsistent in places, I have noticed issues in the structure of the work and areas where the argument is quite weak, found literature that I have missed that could really strengthen the work, also typos and things (the typos don't really bother me though)

I have added masses of notes to my thesis (so many post-its throughout) including quotes and ideas from additional reading to help defend the weaknesses, to help me explain why I did what I did, and what I would add/change if writing it again. All in all, reading the thesis with fresh eyes has led me to see it as a very weak piece of work - if I was the examiner, I would probably fail me.

I have lost all confidence in my work in such a short space of time. I am very very surprised at myself for not picking up on these things before (I proof read it loads, checked it, edited loads etc. before submission). I have become very depressed thinking that I will definitely fail and I feel sick and anxious 24/7. It truly is like I am reading the thesis with a new pair of eyes and seeing every fault in it.

Any words of wisdom, encouragement or the like would be much appreciated. Writing this all down has certainly helped a little, so thank you for reading.

Thread: Final year support thread

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21-Mar-17, 18:42
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posted about 7 months ago
Sounds like progress is steady and good Pjlu :) glad to hear.

I am printing the thesis this week and dropping it off to be bound. I am waiting on my sup to sign some forms so I can submit and they have confirmed they are happy with me to submit, they keep replying to emails without the signed forms. I know this is not the case, but it feels like it is being stalled intentionally. I am desperate to submit and get it over with now!

Thread: Final year support thread

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16-Mar-17, 14:59
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posted about 7 months ago
How is everything going guys?

Happy to say I am nearing the finish line. I have booked two days off of work to get the thesis sorted. I paid for a proof reader and I am currently going through their suggestions, but finding that a lot of their suggestions just make the writing seem more confusing, that they have missed quite a few errors, and they have not checked some things that I expected them to check :(

Kind of defeats the purpose of paying a proof reader when you are having to proof read their proof reading eh?

Thread: Final year support thread

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17-Feb-17, 06:26
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posted about 8 months ago
Quote From TreeofLife:
I used Mendeley - I would have hated having to have done everything manually. Mendeley is so useful.


I only recently discovered Mendeley at work- I wish I had known about it while writing my thesis, it's amazing!

Thread: Final year support thread

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04-Feb-17, 12:11
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Good luck Jo :) How are you feeling about the deadline?

I am determined to finish them today in between marking exam papers and providing feedback on students' work. Busy day afoot! May treat myself to a glass of wine later ;)

Thread: Final year support thread

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31-Jan-17, 08:49
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How is everyone getting along?

I am trying to blast through the final edits this week (all whilst working multiple part-time jobs eek) to send it to a proof reader fairly soon. I am so tired and I just cannot wait until I have submitted so I can have a break from thinking about it.

Thread: How does one become more efficient?

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24-Jan-17, 10:53
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Thanks for sharing. I will start writing up the theory very soon. I keep putting it off but am going to dedicate a day for writing so will be begin to tackle it then.


This sounds like a good plan. Admittedly I recently became overwhelmed regarding when on earth I could fit the PhD whilst working 3 jobs. I have done exactly this- dedicated half days or my days off to my PhD- I wrote PHD!!!! on these days in my diary to make it official ;)

Thread: Final year support thread

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23-Jan-17, 23:41
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I am so glad to hear that it was a pleasant experience litphdgirl :)

I have had some bizarre dreams about the viva over the past few months which I will share for giggles- I don't even have a date yet so unsure why. One of them involved having 11 examiners and they were drinking wine so they passed me with no corrections while drunk. The other was about a viva that only lasted 15 minutes. My brain is going through some weird stuff right now!

Thread: Final year support thread

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21-Jan-17, 16:01
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Hi all, I had my viva last week and passed with minor corrections! It really hasn't sunk in yet but I'm overjoyed. Three months to do the corrections and I'm done.

I really struggled at times throughout this whole process and I really mean it when I say if I can do this then you can too. Just get the words out - pomodoro or go to a thesis boot camp. You can and will do this!

Thanks for all the camaraderie on this forum. Looking back on previous posts and I can't believe I'm done. Will no doubt check in again after corrections. Good luck all finishing up. You can do it!!


Huge huge well done!! I am looking forward to be at your point. I hope you take some time to celebrate before tackling the corrections :)

Thread: How does one become more efficient?

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20-Jan-17, 17:54
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I am submitting in a few weeks- the thesis is written and I am applying final amendments whilst working multiple teaching/research roles.

My advice echos others' here; I use a notebook to write down my monthly 'goals', then each week I make a 'to do' list (crossing a completed task out has always felt satisfying for me) and I also make a 'done' list where I note everything I have done on a daily basis. I found that this works well when feeling a bit demotivated as you can reflect on your accomplishments.

More recently, I deactivated my Facebook which has worked wonders. Instead of checking Facebook I now check and deal with emails (work based). I text/call friends to stay in touch. I am also quite amazed at how less 'cluttered' my head feels having Facebook deactivated. I realised in retrospect that, in addition to the many hours wasted mindlessly scrolling through, that dealing with notifications, messages etc. made me feel quite stressed...it felt like a 'chore'.

Hope this helps :)

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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13-Jan-17, 09:46
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I agree Hugh and Chickpea- it is really harsh for those who put lots of time and effort into each application and in preparing for the interview for it not to matter in the end as they already have an internal candidate.

I am just unsure what other sectors to look in to really! I have been keeping an eye out for jobs in charities and I have been applying for professional services roles in Universities that are relevant to my area. I have also been keeping an eye on the NHS website as they sometimes advertise posts for researchers. I am getting to the point where I am just envious of anyone who has a job, any job haha

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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12-Jan-17, 14:14
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What I really dislike is the always wondering if they have an internal candidate and worrying that my time is being wasted.

My first academic job interview was not a pleasant experience in that, the panel just rushed through the interview, were very rude and did not provide a whole lot of feedback. It really seemed like they were just trying to 'get through' the process as quickly as possible to tick a box.

I also try not to get attached to the jobs im applying for but that is also difficult as you of course need to come across as super enthusiastic in interview. I had my heart set on one I went to in November, it really looked like I had it in the bag, then they went with someone else.

My financial situation is getting increasingly desperate. While I have bits of teaching and supervision work here and there, it's not enough to cover my rent, bills and food and also, since unis can take months to pay you, there is just no stability. You never know when you'll get the money that you are owed :/

Thread: Final year support thread

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12-Jan-17, 09:11
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I am currently still waiting for feedback on my thesis from my sup. They have returned three chapters of feedback and hopefully will get the rest on Friday.

I plan to make a dent in the edits today on the chapters I do have returned to me. I feel as though I have completely forgotten what I have written though- it has been two months since handing the draft in!

Hope everyone is having a good week :)
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