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Met My Supervisors Today

My supervisors are for my Ph.D studies. One has been through my draft thesis - over 500 pages - not an easy job. The other (the most experienced) has been through my "Conclusions".


I was asked at a previous meeting to prepare a presentation on my thesis because that will be the first item on the agenda at the ViVa. A Viva is an exam. It is open book because I will have my copy of my thesis there and I can mark all the important bits ahead of time but it is still an exam. It is many years since I sat an exam.


The supervisors were happy with the presentation, though it still needs some minor work done on it.

End October to Christmas

IF I get all the corrections implemented, I can submit my thesis by the end of October (2015!) and probably get my viva before Christmas (you have to allow 6 weeks between submission and viva exam)

My Work for October

So that's my work for October, corrections, reprinting and binding and submission. Let's hope I make it!

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Feisty56 wrote on September 30, 2015, 9:57 AM

MegL , I have complete confidence that you're going to rock this all the way! I wish you the best of success, but it won't be my wishes, but your acumen, intelligence and diligence that bring that Ph.D. your way.

MegL wrote on September 30, 2015, 10:44 AM

Thank you so much. Good wishes can only help. emoticon :smile:

MegL wrote on September 30, 2015, 10:50 AM

Thank you. I am going to use that as an affirmation! :-D.

markgraham wrote on September 30, 2015, 11:07 AM

I am working on my EdD in Reading and literacy. I only have three courses, an internship and then my capstone project. At this time I do not think that I will have to defend my project. Good luck with your work.

VinceSummers wrote on September 30, 2015, 11:42 AM

Once I had to make a defense in a grad chemistry course. Sadly, at the time I was violently sick. I had to stop and take my seat. Of course this affected by grade.

melody23 wrote on September 30, 2015, 11:44 AM

I admire everyone who is able to complete any sort of advanced degree, a part of me would love to get one, but then there is the part of me that cannot stand the thought of writing a dissertation/thesis. mind you I only finished my bachelors degree last week so I guess I should give it time before deciding if an advanced degree is in my future.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 30, 2015, 12:08 PM

I am sure you can get it done. We all have faith in you. Good luck

MegL wrote on September 30, 2015, 12:22 PM

After my bachelor's degree, I swore I would never study again. It took me 10 years before I picked up a text book again.

MegL wrote on September 30, 2015, 12:23 PM

Thank you.

MegL wrote on September 30, 2015, 12:24 PM

What a shame. Illness should not have affected your grade. They should have let you give another turn.

MegL wrote on September 30, 2015, 12:25 PM

Thank you.

VinceSummers wrote on September 30, 2015, 12:47 PM

Ah, well. It didn't turn out so bad, and I felt at last I had a teacher more difficult than Paper Chase's Kingsfield!

markgraham wrote on September 30, 2015, 12:50 PM

I thought the same thing till I just took the bit and enrolled. Graduate school is believe it or not more fun than undergraduate.

melody23 wrote on September 30, 2015, 12:53 PM

I don't mind the thought of studying again per se, its the research component I cant stand the thought of. I had two research modules in my degree and hated them both with a fiery passion, I was reduced to tears by each of them more than once. I will have plenty of work related studying to do for the first few years to keep me busy anyway by which time I may have forgotten how much I hate research.

MegL wrote on October 1, 2015, 12:51 AM

Thank you.

CoralLevang wrote on October 2, 2015, 12:55 PM

MegL You are my hero. I am so proud of the work you do and know that you have the determination to "git 'er done!"
And look how close you are to your 13,334!! emoticon :winking: I need to get busy and get through your archives. Just need to catch up on some other things that got pushed by the way side in September.

CoralLevang wrote on October 2, 2015, 12:56 PM

I'm right there with you, melody23 ...the research is the toughest for me. I love doing field research, but the books and Internet...and citations....UGH.


melody23 wrote on October 2, 2015, 3:14 PM

The citations do my head in. I hate that you cannot state any fact at all without finding someone else who stated it first - how exactly does that prove I know what I am doing, all it proves is I know how to find out what other people said on the subject! I remember being literally driven to tears, which is not an easy thing to make happen to me, in first year because I was writing a paper that involved talking about whether a patient could be prescribed home oxygen or not. I needed to state that if a patient or anyone else resident in the home was a known or suspected smoker (sometimes people try to hide it to get home oxygen) that they wouldn't be able to get it because of the fire risk. I honestly couldn't find an academic source that said oxygen was flammable! Why could I not find such a source I hear you ask? Well because its such an obvious fact that no one in history had ever felt it needed stated academically but I needed to reference it somehow, I cried for three hours.

paigea wrote on October 2, 2015, 3:17 PM

That sounds like a lot of work; and it sounds like you are up for it! Good luck

MegL wrote on October 2, 2015, 5:24 PM

I have reached my $20 but going for the 15,000 coins so I don't start out from zero. But at the minute, while I am here, I am also babysitting and may dredge up the motivation to make a late start on some more thesis work (It's 22.26 here). It's easier to come in here and comment if i think I may get interrupted with a wail!!

MegL wrote on October 2, 2015, 5:29 PM

There is actually no need to reference those facts, like the sky is blue, the sun rises in the east, etc, simply because they are so well known.

AliCanary wrote on October 3, 2015, 3:00 AM

Whew, 500 pages! May your efforts pay off, as I'm sure they will!

MegL wrote on October 3, 2015, 5:12 AM

Thank you, I hope so, but there is no guarantee.

cheri wrote on October 5, 2015, 1:40 AM

I know that you can pull this through. God bless

MegL wrote on October 5, 2015, 1:27 PM

Thank you.

HappyLady wrote on October 7, 2015, 3:19 AM

You will get there, Meg. Living where I do, I have been through the thesis journey with several others. I know those Vivas are a bit scary, but you know your stuff or you would not have been accepted to do a thesis in the first place. Look forward to the end. It is in sight.