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  • adamflindeers 10:39 am on August 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    How to enhance your editing traits? 

    I am on the writing phase of my thesis, where I am just done with the literature review chapter. As per my university rules (Northwestern University), I have to send my chapters for review as and when I am done with it. The thing is that my first chapter was way below the bar set by my supervisor and therefore, it came back with a lot of editing and remarks. But well I got through the corrections, while I was working on chapter 2. But now, I don’t want to make the same mistake and send it without editing. So, I am on second page and I haven’t got a single thing to change, except some typo and grammar errors. And I also know that that’s not it. There has to be something which I am missing as no way can I be so neat.

    This is why I am writing, searching for ways to increase my editing skills. I would like to know about the ways you can go about editing and what should you be looking for while doing so. Thanks for any inputs to that.

     
    • brunoperryblog 4:36 am on September 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      For academic writing, the proper flow between the sentences and paragraphs the most important thing. So you should focus on the transition and structure of your chapter. And to increase your editing skills, maybe you can use a tool. Stylewriter and grammarly are two such tools which can help you out.

    • tedg8 6:41 am on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think you can teach someone to edit, moreover edit a thesis chapter. My only suggestion is to know how you want your writing to look and what you want to do for that. So prepare a structure and then check your chapter, does it look okay? Then you move forward to changing it.

    • jackthomas01 6:45 am on September 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have no idea how people can edit their own papers. For me, it’s impossible because I wouldn’t wanna change what I wrote. So the best method I find is to give your paper or thesis to your girlfriend/boyfriend and take them out to movies. Simple as that.

    • robertmaxeey 11:53 am on September 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Take some time out in-between the writing and editing. Don’t just finish writing and get on with editing immediately, that ways you won’t find anything wrong. Take your time, do something else in between, and only start editing when your mind is fresh enough.

  • adamflindeers 1:08 pm on April 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Balancing job with PhD 

    Research is my passion, but due to monetary reasons I am doing a job along with my PhD. So how can I maintain the balance between my PhD and job? Do I really need to discontinue one of the things? Please suggest some ways through which I can manage both the things without much stress.

     
    • davidm34 10:51 am on April 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, have you heard about PhD studentship? These are basically jobs related to your PhD like teaching or researching. So, if your finding it difficult to work out with both job and PhD, then maybe you can switch your job to something that is related with your PhD research.

    • alexoliphaant 7:38 am on April 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If you are unable to manage both the things, then why don’t you leave your job? Once you have your degree with good marks, you can always land another job. If you have funding problem, then you can apply for scholarships or funding programs?

    • adamflindeers 9:47 am on May 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have been working for 6 years now. I am the only son and my father is physical disabled, and that is the reason I joined PhD, to help me boost my career. I don’t find it as a good option to leave my job or look for something else. I hardly get time to sleep, don’t wanna waste in in job hunting.

    • sophiaw740 9:18 am on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a crappy situation to be in. You must be a part-timer. A PhD will definitely boost your career and do wonders in the long run but as your finding it difficult with your job, why not talk to your boss? Maybe you can change your schedule? And even better, have you tried consulting your college administration or counsellor? There are a lot of students who face such kinds of problem. With their consultation, I am sure you can find out a way.

    • dolliejgandy 4:27 am on May 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I know it’s tough to balance a job with PhD but the only thing which can sort all your worries is ‘Time Management’. You need to divide your time and stick to it like a parasite. One of my friend who has just completed her PhD was working as a waitress but still with her hard work and determination, she was able to make her dream come true. You can use software like Zotero or Mendeley for planning your work.

    • adamflindeers 6:57 am on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I would really like to sincerely thank you all for your advices.
      I have been talking to my college administration and they are ready to help me work it out. The solution is to extend my time, or you can say deadlines. So it’ll take more years for me to complete my course but I hope it’ll be less stressful.

    • leatriceamar 11:55 am on June 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi all. I was reading this thread and I am in a similar kind of situation. Instead of creating a new thread, I thought to continue on this one. Umm…I am actually quite disturbed with my job and part-time PhD. I enjoy my work (9 to 6) and it is important for me. At first, things were slow and smooth but now as I am in my second year, it’s getting kind of ‘tedious’. My supervisor was also okay at the start but now he wants more participation and I think that’s why he won’t settle for my procedure of collecting data and keeps poking. For my research I settled for conducting interviews with the chief security auditors at banks, 3 of them to be particular. I know it’s less, but at least it would be simpler for me. But my supervisor thinks survey method would be more appropriate or rather more interviewees will do the trick. The hitch is that I don’t have that much time on me. If I take more participants:

      A. I’d have to take out more time into conducting those
      B. The analysis will be more difficult
      C. I don’t think I’ll do justice to my research as less participants means more efficiency
      I am looking for a solution to manage all the things, which will not affect my performance at work and at research.

    • dolliejgandy 10:47 am on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Determining the scope of the research is quite important and you should do that. 3 participants are however less and I think you should consider your supervisor’s advice. Maybe you can increase the count to 8 or 9? That should suffice, as per my views.

    • alexoliphaant 11:59 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey show your guide this:
      http://www.thesishelpcenter.com/blog/the-pitfalls-of-large-sample-sizes/
      It’s a tip really, for NOT taking a large sample size. I am not sure if as per your study 3 is less or more, but I do know that people can take whatever sample they want, if they can justify it. You have a right to choose judgmental sampling and justify your reasons for it.

  • adamflindeers 9:45 am on January 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    My Messed Up Research Proposal!! 

    I have made a mess of my research proposal and have no idea of how to make it right! Let me start it from The Start. I enrolled in a PhD program and chose a topic “Performance analysis of an inventive, efficient synchronization algorithm for distributed MIMO-OFDM based communication systems”. When I selected this topic, I didn’t really give it much thought and assumed that I’ll deal with it when the time comes. Pretty careless of me, true, but now the time has come and gone! I am stuck in the middle of my proposal because the point is, I don’t know what to PROPOSE! I have the existing literature, I know the shortcomings in this area but I don’t know a way out!! I don’t know how to build an algorithm that can be more productive and better than the others. So, what should I write in my methodology when I don’t know what to do? I probably have a week’s time to solve this riddle! Please Help!!

     
    • sharonbaneey1 4:58 am on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey! First of all, stop panicking as there is always a loophole. What I can understand is that you’re falling short of ideas. Well, how about, you pick any random algorithm and just change a part of it. For example, you pick up a well-known synchronization algorithm and propose to change the routing mechanism of that algorithm to make it more effective. It’s not necessary to build an entirely new algorithm; even small changes can make a huge difference. A proposal need not to be perfect, you can change your proposed methodology later if your solution seems infeasible. So relax and Good luck!

    • terrywellch 6:22 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I too faced some problems with my research proposal. It got rejected the first time and I was really disappointed, but then, I came up with an idea. Here’s what I did. I was literally on to my supervisor. I used to go to her daily and discuss every-single-doubt I had, I showed here every-single-changes I made. She was tired of me, true, but impressed by my efforts. My proposal got accepted the second time. I am not an expert, but your supervisor plays the most crucial role in your research, so I think you should seek his/her help. Maybe he/she can ‘propose’ something and get you out from the mess! And if your supervisor is not available then you can look up to anyone that can help you, even your parents.

    • adamflindeers 11:01 am on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Terry, I like your advice and I am working on it. I went to my guide yesterday and today also. I think he appreciates my efforts, maybe he can help me out!

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