Tonight I hope to be awake enough to post about my presentation, but in the meantime I’m putting the slides here so I can access today.
Turns out I wasn’t awake enough! It was really great. I got solid feedback for the paper and met amazing people for my thesis. I met two incredible women, Meredith and Kathie, who have recently completed their PhDs. We got to talking about how to complete a thesis and came up with a range of issues I think everyone in the first year should have. Talking to them was like getting the real story instead of the waffle you usually get. It was warts and all. I’ve been to websites that offer support and ideas, got the books and they are all upbeat and positive about it all, while saying it does take hard work. These women were just like – this is reality, these are some tricks that worked for me, and in the end you write. The value of the conference has been met on the first day!
So what was the advice?
- Project manage the thesis – the whole time period
- Do a spreadsheet to manage your words for each chapter and stick to it. You can only add words if you’ve taken them away from somewhere else
- Give yourself a buffer of words when you submit because if you have to edit you want room
- Mange your supervisors – this means booking time and seeking clear instructions from them and agreement about turn arounds
- If you aren’t passionate about it, don’t do it. A thesis is not just a piece of paper to get to be an academic. It’s a passion. If it’s not – go and get a job for a while and then come back.
Thanks APIRA – you rock