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Has anyone here done a thesis?

  1. Hi,
    I am supposed to do a thesis and need some motivation, inspiration, helpful tips etc. Just wondering if anyone can extend a helping hand here! :D

    yoohooooooo..............anybody?

  2. Yes, I did a thesis but I quit before I got my grade. Does that help?

  3. I never went to college. So no.

  4. Ouch! I can't quit, cos I will flunk if I do! :(

  5. nosy,
    maybe you can do some pep talk? that WILL help! :p

  6. did one for my bachelor's degree, will not do one for master's.

    blogging was a big distraction from my paper, that i can tell you. maybe you need to get away from your blog to get it done. :P

  7. sulz is onto something. Everyone who finished their doctorates did it to piss off all the profs who said they'd never amount to anything.

  8. sulz,
    gosh, you are so right! blogging is the only distraction and escape. the more my deadline is approaching, the more blog-hungry i am. my net appetite is whetted to the extreme. (sigh)

    rain,
    some profs believe i am super-talented and to others are meh! i really got to prove them all that i can make it. most of them discouraged me to take on a thesis. but i was adamant.

    got to get away from my blog! i will do eight future posts - one per week and then get to thesis writing. thing is, i need the net for my thesis. and the moment i am at the net i am at my blog. ;(

  9. i can visualize a "thesis fail" image in the failblog.

  10. I did an undergraduate, graduate and law. What is your thesis? Subject? etc.

  11. susangpyp,
    thanks so much for your interest! i have to write about my art. i study painting

  12. Well that sounds like a great thesis. Of course all the great painters and art history have been written about so you would be looking for a new twist on it. Do you have a minor? Is there a way to intersect the two?

  13. for my bachelors, i did only realistic study. that's what i was required to do academically.
    for my masters, i did experimental paintings - mixed media - based on urban themes.

    i am not sure i get this "minor" thing. i had three practical exams for my masters 1st part - each held same value.

  14. Hey Sanjid, think of this: what was your basic intention of getting the degree for? Answer it and go for it or else drop it off!

    I did mine, ...but hv never made it to the graduation day due to funding source problem. Ironically, this fuckin budgetary issue is still being my major obstacle in life. SUCKS ! :'(

  15. I did a thesis and a dissertation.
    Thank god the internet hadn't been invented yet, or I would *never* have gotten done.

    I spent my time then cycling semi-competitively. I spent all those rides on lonely back roads thinking about my data. I'm not sure my advice applies...

  16. thesis on what? thats always a good place to start... then an introduction, main body of the work supporting your thesis, then conclusions. and references. have fun.

    ps, never been to varsity so i have no idea what i'm talking about....

  17. roadsofstone26
    Member

    Ah yes, this is the 'thinking about writing it' phase. The tricky part is moving towards the 'actually writing it' phase.

    Start with the table of contents. Chapters, main headings and sub-headings.
    Then fill in the gaps. Sounds easy, but it isn't.

    You need to pick off the easy stuff first. So start with what you really know, and write a chapter on that to give you the feel of how it works. And don't look for perfection within your first draft. Write it down as a stream of conscience if necessary, and then go back and edit it later. But the first priority is always to start writing. Get something down, and you can work on that.

    Try this link for more advice:
    http://www.alice.org/Randy/raibert.htm

    'Good writing is bad writing that was rewritten' - that might be an overstatement, but it tells you a lot. Get started. Just do it now.

  18. baba1342,
    what was your basic intention of getting the degree for?
    I did a degree in art. My basic intention was to be able to express myself. To create unique visual that would serve as intellectual landmarks of our time. It's a mouthful, I know. But I had (ok, still have) delusions.

    membracid,
    Thank god the internet hadn't been invented yet, or I would *never* have gotten done.
    sigh, my blog, my blog.........i can actually hear it cry for attention.......it's a great escuse not to want to do anything else (like study for a thesis) online.

    i totally get the cycling part. Fresh air is therapeutic, to say the least. And physical activity helps you get away from it all.....I mean, it helps ME get away from other preoccupations for the moment.

    Amandzing,
    Yeah, that's good advice, which brings me to the point where I actually have to do it!

    roadsofstone26,
    Yes, it doesn't pay to be too serious in the beginning. I visualize holding a beautifully bound book, and get intimidated.
    You need to pick off the easy stuff first. So start with what you really know, and write a chapter on that to give you the feel of how it works. And don't look for perfection within your first draft. Write it down as a stream of conscience if necessary, and then go back and edit it later. But the first priority is always to start writing. Get something down, and you can work on that.
    Thanks for breaking it up for me. I sort of knew these things, but thought one must have a different strategy for a thesis! :p

    Thanks so much for the link! :D

  19. thelifeofmarkwhitecotton
    Member

    I'm with Membracid. I did a thesis and dissertation. And I know that I would've never gotten it done if I were playing on the net. The net was around; but not nearly as prevalent, popular, or accessible.

  20. the advice for doing it in bits is very good. Don't feel you must start at the beginning and write through to the end. Do the easy bits (or the bits that feel easier) first.

    Sometimes writing the results and conclusions first can make the rest fall into place.

  21. diamondfistwerny,
    hmmm......lesson number 1 is STAY AWAY FROM THE NET!
    i get it loud and clear, thanks to you all for making the obvious even more obvious.

    membracid,
    you know, right when i started this thread i had a funny feeling i'd get helpful tips from YOU at least. my instinct is right! thanks for sticking around! :D

  22. Yeah, my plan for staying away from the net isn't going so well. :D

  23. Maybe you should make a "sticky" post about how you're only posting once/twice a week?

    My roommate, who DID finish her degree, spent a lot of time cleaning house, so I recommend anyone looking for a roommate pick someone writing a thesis.

    I did finish the thesis eventually, but it took twice as long because my surroundings were so luxurious I couldn't say "once I finish my thesis and get a job I can afford a better place!"

  24. I never wrote a thesis. I don't even know what a damn thesis is? Is it like a handbook?

  25. But I know 'hypothesis'... it's the antonym of 'hyperthesis'

  26. And I didn't vote for Bush. Cause I couldn't.

  27. Have you considered starting a blog about your thesis research?

    I'm actually into my (ugh) third year of trying to get my thesis finished up. My first couple of detailed outlines / summaries that I submitted to my supervisor helped quite a bit with the research, because she replied with something like "Okay, that sounds good. Have you read X?" Then I got to chase down article X and, of course, two or three generations of things that it cited. Over the past year or so, I drifted into a read / think / read / think / ... cycle. I actually started blogging to force myself to write regularly again. Most of my posts are actually background material for my thesis. :-)

  28. singularcontiguity,

    great idea! i don't know if my profs will approve of it, though! if only they do, i will be so happy. i won't have to do appointments etc to get things discussed etc.

    do you know of a great site on how to do a thesis? i did some search, but didn't get satisfactory results.

  29. sanjidabd,

    Unfortunately, I haven't found any good websites about researching and writing a thesis. I read _The Craft of Research_ by Booth, Colomb, and Williams a couple years ago, which worked well for me from a motivational standpoint. I also found some of the material in Johnson-Sheehan's _Technical Communication Today_ useful - that was a textbook for a graduate-level technical writing class that I took about a year and a half ago.

    Have you taken a research methods course? They can be helpful, and are often designed specifically to help students work on their thesis. When I took that course, I found that a lot of it wasn't really helpful, but a few major points came up. One of the more useful points that came out of it was that I had to answer the question "what problem does your research address?" It forced me to figure out why any of my work actually matters. :-)

    The best thing I've found, though, is just reading a lot of published research articles in the areas I'm researching (interdisciplinary stuff between mathematics and linguistics in my case). After a while, you actually get a feel for how people actually write about your subject.

  30. You know, before the internet, some of us just winged it with no guidance :)

    Seriously--the thesis structure will depend heavily on your field of study, and your graduate committee. Why not go to your school library and look at the past theses of people who had your committee members? That will give you a hint of what they are looking for.

    Make sure you get the signoff of your advisor too--you don't want to go off in a direction he/she isn't ok with.

    bug, who's been on a lot of graduate committees :)

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