Motivation Quotation......

Aku meminta kepada Tuhan setangkai bunga, segar, Ia beri kaktus berduri. Aku minta kupu-kupu diberinya-Nya ulat berbulu. Aku sedih dan kecewa. Namun kemudian, kaktus itu berbunga indah sekali dan ulat itupun menjadi kupu-kupu yang sangat cantik. Itulah jalan Tuhan, indah pada masaNYA! Tuhan tidak memberi apa yang kita harapkan. Tapi Dia memberi apa yang kita perlukan. Kadang kala kita sedih, kecewa dan terluka. Tapi jauh di atas segalanya Dia sedang mengatur yang terbaik dalam kehidupan kita.............................................

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How to survive your dissertation: Advice for PhD and RHD students

~ A talk by Prof. Charles Oppenheim (Loughborough University, UK) ~UQ Graduate Student Week - 14-22 April 2009- courtesy from my friend at Brisbane....
Love what you do!
- be enthuasiastic abt your topic
-trust your work
-remain undeterred
- uncertainty is inherent
-expect the "getting nowhere syndrome"
-don't lose sleep
- anxiety is part of the bargain
-remain positive
- be an optimist (but getting depressed about lack of progress is very common)
-plan regular holidays (Really important!)

The dissertation emotion rollercoaster
*information overloaded
*high and lows
*many dead ends

Planning and organisation
-write a plan with and objectives and refer/revise it regularly
-dont get too sidetracked
-dont get obsessive about dotting i's and crossing t's at the expense of making real progress-establish a good work/life balance
-organise your hard drive
-organise your time
-organise your priorities
-progress often slower than expected
-Dont procrastinate!
-know your strengths and weaknesess;play to the strenghts and work on the weaknesses

Network! Network!
- invest in relationships with other research students
-take and make opportunities
-attend conferences, build your network
-join discussion lists, groups, professional societies
-write a quality website, start blogging and twiterring

Writting -start writing NOW (not literally :D)
-It's amazing how many 'obviuos' things you'll forget after a period of time
-writing clarifies thoughts and assumptions
-good practice for you're the final dissertation
-write for publication
- dont be scared

-make them a friend
-they want you to succed
-long term professional relationship
- agree your ground rules at the start
-be honest and keep them informed
-hold regular meetings
-VERY important
-keep a record of meetings and actions
-dont be a nuisance or make excessive demands

Questions to ask yourself
-why did I choose the topic? (have a GOOD reason, not just because your supervisor suggested it)

Why is it important
-is the literature review complete and up to date-is the sample (if you used one) large enough/appropriate?

If I used statistics, how confident am I about the techniques used?
-are the results clearly presented
-does the discussion explore the findings/results and comment on them?
-do i reflect on where my results fit into the literature on the topic
-do the conclusions/recommendations follow logically from the results and address my aims/objectives?
-How did I overcome any problems encountered?
-what are the implications of my work?

Can it be taken further?
-What is the "value added", innovative or creative about the work-what weaknesses are there in the research? Be honest about that!

-Be there
-Be informed
-Be enthusiatic
-Be critical
-Be organised
-Be bold
-Be known
-Be confident
-Be honest and realistic
-Be in control

But if you dont do everything all the time (and you wont),
dont beat yourself up about it. GOOD LUCK!

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