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On 14/06/2019 at 01:09, Sir Kevin Of Kilsyth said:

How ye gettin on now? Its killing me at present. Ive still got 2 months to do it but I can already see myself putting in for mitigating circumstances and getting an extension.  The worst thing is that I spend large parts of the day thinking about my dissertation but a minimal amount of time actually writing it. 

Ah, memories.

Try setting yourself smaller targets. 100 words a day or so. If you stick to that, you'll inevitably end up doing a bit more.

Don't leave it all until lunch time the day before it's due.

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On 13/06/2019 at 00:03, paul-r-cfc said:

. Could not sound more unappealing if it involved setting me on fire.

 

I think that’s an optional module these days.

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On 18/06/2019 at 11:36, scottsdad said:

Just a question - are you given your topics or do you select them yourselves? We give our students free range to choose, and I always tell them to pick something they are interested in,

We choose our own. If you need support to find one you get it but they want you to use your own contacts.

Im doing mine on leadership in the non profit sector with Alcoholics Anonymous as a case example in the unlikely event that anyone was wondering. 

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On 14/06/2019 at 01:09, Sir Kevin Of Kilsyth said:

How ye gettin on now? Its killing me at present. Ive still got 2 months to do it but I can already see myself putting in for mitigating circumstances and getting an extension.  The worst thing is that I spend large parts of the day thinking about my dissertation but a minimal amount of time actually writing it. 

Just like yourself, I have got a couple of months to go. My main issue is more that I have spent most of my research time on my first chapter and little to no time researching anything on my final two chapters. So as it stands, I currently have an introduction and first chapter that are almost 70% of my word count already, while I will be lucky to have nearly two thousand words for either of my last chapters at this rate. 

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9 hours ago, Sir Kevin Of Kilsyth said:

We choose our own. If you need support to find one you get it but they want you to use your own contacts.

Im doing mine on leadership in the non profit sector with Alcoholics Anonymous as a case example in the unlikely event that anyone was wondering. 

A tricky one to keep yourself motivated. There is little that academics can do - we don't want to badger students as it puts pressure on them, yet not want to leave them alone in case this happens. Do you have a dissertation supervisor you can talk to? I can guarantee that whatever you are going through that might allow a Mitigating Circumstances, they will have seen it. They may have advice/tools/suggestions that have worked on others in the past.

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2 hours ago, Richie95 said:

Just like yourself, I have got a couple of months to go. My main issue is more that I have spent most of my research time on my first chapter and little to no time researching anything on my final two chapters. So as it stands, I currently have an introduction and first chapter that are almost 70% of my word count already, while I will be lucky to have nearly two thousand words for either of my last chapters at this rate. 

I have read many a dissertation like this. Getting two thirds through and still in the literature review. 

My advice: forget about your word count for now. You seem too focused on this. Get to work on the bits you need to. You can always cut down/trim/shape the dissertation towards the end.  Ultimately the dissertation has to have a flow to it, like a story:

  1. Here's the general area of interest;
  2. Here's a specific gap in knowledge identified from the literature;
  3. Here are the aims and objectives - filling in this gap in knowledge
  4. Methodology - how we will fill this gap in knowledge
  5. Here's what was found out from data gathering (raw)
  6. Here's how it fits in to the overall picture from parts 2 and 3 (the discussion)
  7. The conclusion - a gap in knowledge was identified and here's how it was filled

A week before submitting my PhD thesis I removed a chapter from it entirely as it didn't fit. 

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Found out I graduated from Stirling with a 2:1 today, which I’m chuffed about. Even more chuffed that I’m going to Glasgow (okay, less chuffed about the fact I’ll be living in Glasgow) to do a masters in War Studies! Yet another year of successfully avoiding needing to find full time employment


What’s your favourite war?

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Who finds a job after going to Yooni?

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