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Part-time vs Full-time PhD

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'Part-time vs Full-time PhD'

 

#phdchat tweet log - 6th June 2012

 

@NSRiazat - Welcome to #phdchat - the topic for tonight is 'Part-time vs Full time PhD' #PhD #research #academia

@londonaesthetik - hey everyone out there for #phdchat! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - I work F/T and study P/T - do people want to say if they FT/PT PhD and what the benefits/drawbacks are in their opinion/experience #phdchat

@LizzieHopwood - Do you list your areas of specialty/fields on your business cards? Ordering a new batch from #NEU #phdchat

@nickygen - I work FT and study PT but always have done. Work in an academic environment so think that helps. Colleagues supportive. #phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - @NSRiazat #phdchat I work F/T and do PhD P/T. My problem is busy periods (say a month) when I can struggle to do any studying at all.

@londonaesthetik - @NSRiazat I study FT and do some PT teaching. I think working FT and PhD PT forces you to prioritise better, something I miss now! #phdchat

@dreamyscientist - I am doing a FT PhD & being international I cannot work at all. All I am permitted is volunteer work #phdchat #internationalstudent

@galpod - I'm technically F/T but mom of two small kids. I'm slowly coming to realize this is not a 9-5 type of job :) #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @nickygen I'm the same & completely agree re being a supportive environment. Also lots of research development opportunities #phdchat

@LBA_OX12 - @NSRiazat Used 2 work FT when started PT PhD. Now work p/t & phd p/t. P/t PhD means time 2 standback but get distracted by stuff #phdchat

@justinohearn - Looking for tips on the best way to contact journals to do book reviews. So far I've been unsuccessful. #phdadvice #phdchat #freebooks

@mcgrath_chris - @NSRiazat #phdchat Isolation is also a major problem - although i suspect I dont do much to do something about it

@jcnemecek - I was always amazed by people who managed a PhD P/T while working F/T. A full time PhD was painful enough. #phdchat

@LBA_OX12 - Isolation & no opps 2 share ideas is con #phdchat

@SarahStewart - Hello everyone #phdchat

@SueFolley - @NSRiazat the disadvantage of doing p/t phd is that you need to spend most of your weekends and evenings on your phd work #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - Definte pros to studying PT including time to publish, give conference papers etc #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @londonaesthetik I guess it's just me and @apiotrowska4 from Napier on #phdchat

@SueFolley - @NSRiazat I work f/t, phd p/t I think adv of doing p/t phd is that it gives it perspective -doesn't completely take over your life #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - Sometimes I think doing a P/T PhD & working F/T is good as it forces you to take regular time away from PhD. Helps reflection #phdchat

@galpod - @mcgrath_chris #phdchat wouldn't working in a lab help the isolation? My lab mates are a great source of support & brainstorming

@londonaesthetik - @LBA_OX12 definitely useful to not be isolated. I find it hard enough due to much travel for research #phdchat #phdchat

@elieraad - Hello everyone #phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - @SueFolley @NSRiazat #phdchat Its actually 3 full-time demands - work, family and phd. need 72 hours a day :-)

@strictlykaren - @mcgrath_chris @nsriazat I'm exactly same, then spend ages catching thinking to where I left it #phdchat

@sarahthesheepu - @SueFolley @NSRiazat im finding this with my OU study working full time and then studying on top is quite intense #phdchat

@jcnemecek - @galpod @mcgrath_chris I guess it depends on the schedule your labmates keep. I've worked in places where some hours are dead zones #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @SueFolley @NSRiazat Too true, too easy to burn out, especially if you have a deadline looming #phdchat

@Localopolis - The main F/T - P/T problem I find is that if work gets busy there is nothing you can do about it #phdchat

@nickygen - My org supports time away for research so I am back to work today after 8 weeks leave. 3 findings chps drafted. very focussed time #phdchat

@aephd - My program was FT, which meant constant stream of work..no way in the world I could manage PT. Tipping hat to those PTers #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @Lemness -spent day at uni and heading home. Restructured thesis and re-wrote conclusions. #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @EmmaBurnettx That is true, but I think it disrupts my work flow too much, by the time I get back to it, I've lost momentum #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @nickygen that sounds fabulous #Phdchat

@NSRiazat - @sakinasofia - P/T can be a challenge. A real balancing act at times but a great sense of achievement/reward when you make progress #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @Nicky_Garland Agree this can be an issue. Do you get protected study leave? #phdchat

@Janshs - I'm #PhDChat lurking

@SueFolley - @mcgrath_chris @NSRiazat totally agree - full time job, part time phd, and 3 kids = no spare time whatsoever :)) #phdchat

@nickygen - @mcgrath_chris @SueFolley @NSRiazat #phdchat good point. Its much more than work and PhD

@Lemness - Worked F/T and study F/T. Just needed to give up other things that I used to do. #phdchat #didnotgettosurfasmuch

@NSRiazat - @mcgrath_chris - same. Busy months at work can throw my PhD plans askew. Learnt to be flexible. #phdchat

@LBA_OX12 - Apart from phdchat, how do tweeps manage to overcome isolation? #phdchat

@Localopolis - Technology such as endnote, dropbox etc helps to manage p/t phd - you have to be ready "anytime, any place, anywhere" #phdchat

@aephd - @nicky_garland agreed! Just moving from chapter to chapter meant hours trying to play catch-up #phdchat

@nickygen - @strictlykaren #phdchat. Its a great opportunity.

@NSRiazat - @londonaesthetik - P/T makes me focus as have little time to procrastinate (although I do) :) #phdchat #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @mcgrath_chris @nsriazat agree, mine aren't overly pressurising but getting more so as deadline looms, always encouraging tho #phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - @NSRiazat #phdchat I'm in the early stages. I know a number of you have finished or very nearlt there! youve managed somehow!

@laurapasquini - What about those of us who are F/T working & PhD -ing? Are there others out there doing both? #phdchat

@londonaesthetik - @NSRiazat my undergrad was like that, FT uni FT work... I was so much less of a procrastinator back then! #phdchat

@aephd - I get this question a lot from prospective students..What advice would PTers have for those looking to do PT PhD program? #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @mcgrath_chris - isolation is an issue - thank goodness for #phdchat to network. :) do F/T people find isolation an issue too? #phdchat

@galpod - @SueFolley FT job PT phd and 3 kids? I'm very impressed! How do you do it? Advice would help :) #phdchat

@Lemness - @nsriazat that's great. every little bit of work helps, but that sounds like that was quite a big chunk of work done. #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @Localopolis agree, cloud technology helps overcome probs with version control, wasn't so much aware when I started #Phdchat

@SueFolley - @londonaesthetik yep - doing both and have 3 kids :)) Tough going sometimes :) #phdchat

@SteveCooke - I worked & studied F/T but quit my jobs 6 months from completing the PhD - much less stressful after that. #phdchat

@nickygen - @Localopolis #phdchat. I agree. I keep everything to hand on laptop\iPad etc can take it anywhere.

@NSRiazat - #phdchat - sometimes working on a PhD P/T feels like chipping away at an iceberg with a toothpick #PhD

@SueFolley - @galpod it is tough going sometime - good time consuming and not much social life :)) #phdchat

@SteveCooke - I couldn't bear the thought of taking 7 years to do a PhD after doing my degree & masters part-time #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @galpod @SueFolley me also, had mat leave in middle too #Phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@laurapasquini: What about those of us who are F/T working & PhD -ing? Are there others out there doing both? #phdchat"

@londonaesthetik - perfect analogy! RT @NSRiazat: #phdchat - sometimes working on a PhD P/T feels like chipping away at an iceberg with a toothpick #PhD

@Lemness - @nsriazat would you mind explaining what you mean by P/T? #phdchat

@laurapasquini - Balance & staying organized is key! RT @Lemness: Worked F/T and study F/T. Just needed to give up other things that I used to do. #phdchat

@Localopolis - I'm interested in support p/t phd'ers get from f/t work - I have 5 days per year and time for (work relevant) conferences #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @Lemness - definitely a lot of progress made today. :) #phdchat

@SarahRGoldie - "@NSRiazat: #phdchat - sometimes working on a PhD P/T feels like chipping away at an iceberg with a toothpick #PhD" Couldn't agree more!

@LizzieHopwood - @LBA_OX12 I like working "alone but together" in a public space, but getting increasingly difficult to lug books around #phdchat

@SueFolley - @strictlykaren that must be tough - having a small baby/child - at least mine are a bit older :) #Phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @Nicky_Garland that's a shame. I also work for the uni I'm doing mine with. 45 study days per year + 3 months for final write up #phdchat

@srossmktg - I was less stressed yesterday than I am today, 6 days before the oral proposal defense... :-/ #phdchat

@aephd - @laurapasquini Started my prog working FT. Had to quit, couldnt handle both. Perhaps it helps if work & school complement ea other #phdchat

@Localopolis - @nickygen I don't think the cloud existed when I started ;) #phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@SteveCooke: I couldn't bear the thought of taking 7 years to do a PhD after doing my degree & masters part-time #phdchat" (lots of years)

@strictlykaren - @Localopolis I got 15 days per year but changed jobs recently and day per week now, huge difference in outlook and progress #Phdchat

@sakinasofia - @NSRiazat time management is also essential in F/T #phdchat

@NSRiazat - What do people think are the specific benefits/challenges of P/T or F/T? Anyone want to share experiences? #phdchat

@Localopolis - @strictlykaren One day a week sounds much more manageable #phdchat

@julianskyrme - Working f/t and researching p/t makes me much less precious but far more pressured! @NSRiazat #PhD #phdchat #phdadvice

@dreamyscientist - is anyone of you required to do TA and do you get paid for that? My school doesn't have reqd/paid TAs but we can voluntarily tutor #phdchat

@nickygen - @Localopolis no it didn't for me either #phdchat

@londonaesthetik - agreed, otherwise it takes over. And not in a good way RT @sakinasofia: @NSRiazat time management is also essential in F/T #phdchat

@NSRiazat - P/T work on my PhD keeps me focused and working to deadlines. I'd drift with writing/reading if I was doing it full time. #phdchat

@londonaesthetik - @dreamyscientist I don't have req'd but do get paid. We have to apply every year too. #phdchat

@ICTwitz - @NSRiazat Have often thought that the pressure of f/t would be greater than p/time. Depends who is funding #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @Localopolis Yes, can group them tog at times, work needs to support so completion rates × improve #Phdchat

@sakinasofia - @NSRiazat F/T benefit would be that you attend seminar/wshop/conferences to enhance ur knowledge further at anytime #phdchat

@erinlpc - @Localopolis don't forget @q_mendeley and @iAnnotate ! #phdchat

@nickygen - @Nicky_Garland Yes there are times when its just too difficult to do anything #phdchat

@londonaesthetik - @NSRiazat my exact problem! F/T drifting! #phdchat

@srossmktg - Our program is FT. And I can't feasibly see how anyone could do it otherwise. Mean field start-to-complete is ~4.25yrs. #phdchat

@sakinasofia - @NSRiazat I've drifted at some phase of the PhD #phdchat

@SteveCooke - @galpod you soon learn how much time you spend watching TV - we have more free time than we think! @SueFolley #phdchat

@laurapasquini - @aephd Absolutely. It helps that my F/T job is on the campus where I'm studying as well & I have an understanding supervisor #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @erinlpc - amazing how quickly you get into a personal study routine when you start #PhD :) #phdchat

@aephd - @dreamyscientist yes, funding is often tied to TA or RA position. Most times you are paid stipend along with tuition waiver. #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @dreamyscientist Napier has GTA scheme for few students, teaching qual part of prog so does appeal #Phdchat

@jcnemecek - @dreamyscientist We were required to TA for two semesters without pay, but we were paid as research assts and tuition was paid. #phdchat

@dreamyscientist - @londonaesthetik my 2nd question is by not TA/tutoring am I missing a lot? Do u think that helps ur PhD in anyway or adds a skill? #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @julianskyrme - pressure is intense at times P/T but keeping end goal in mind to get there. #PhD #phdchat #phdadvice

@galpod - @SteveCooke #phdchat the only TV I watch is Dora w my toddler who has time??

@strictlykaren - @dreamyscientist If you get a pg cert in teaching as part of scheme def a bonus #Phdchat

@SteveCooke - @strictlykaren I had 1 day per week study leave - it was enough. Then a new director arrived & cancelled it so I quit. @Localopolis #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @Nicky_Garland uni policy. They are extremely generous! They see it as in their best interest to help us as much as they can #phdchat

@strictlykaren - Sorry got to go early, taking daughter to cinema #Phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - Does anyone have the difficulty that there uni is far in distance from their job? Makes Supervision meetings a pain #phdchat

@londonaesthetik - @dreamyscientist yes, amount of teaching = beneficial and good on CV. also try teaching out of your discipline(i did forensic chem) #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @ICTwitz - excellent point about funded/self funded PhD (F/T and P/T) and pressure they bring. #phdchat

@aephd - @nicky_garland sounds easy..but how do you work on phd PT? found myself constantly doing something.. doesnt exactly qualify for PT #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @strictlykaren have a great time! :) #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @SteveCooke @localopolis lack of support is just so short sighted #phdchat

@2mrosSia2day - F/T doc work and F/T work is time consuming. The benefit is staying on track. P/T would be too slow for me. Grateful for online! #phdchat

@aephd - @dreamyscientist @dreamyscientist It helps adds to your lecturing capability..May help with research as potential subject pool.. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@nickygen: @Nicky_Garland Yes there are times when its just too difficult to do anything #phdchat" (That's when I had some time out)

@LBA_OX12 - @Nicky_Garland Ye. Uni's about 70 miles away so I feel cut off from PhD group there #phdchat

@elieraad - @londonaesthetik Teaching while doing a PhD looks like doing 2 F/T jobs at a time #phdchat

@SteveCooke - @strictlykaren @localopolis I worked in a university too (MMU) - you'd have thought them committed to learning! Alas not! #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @aephd I find that the way to keep myself going is to do a little everyday even if just 30mins, keeps my mind focused on research #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @EmmaBurnettx Cheers, snow white or something #Phdchat

@ICTwitz - I am part-time #phdchat and find the main challenge is juggling everything together. I image full time allows more focus???

@londonaesthetik - @elieraad well its p/t teaching... but it can be hard, i get frustrated when on good phd day and interrupt for teaching! #phdchat

@jcnemecek - @dreamyscientist @londonaesthetik If you don't TA, you'll want to get other mentoring experience for your CV. Important skill! #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @elieraad: @londonaesthetik Teaching while doing a PhD looks like doing 2 F/T jobs at a time < definitely is! #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @SteveCooke @strictlykaren @localopolis I have a similar story, find myself also constantly trying to find a new job #phdchat

@elieraad - @londonaesthetik I know this feeling!! Hopefully it is over for me now :) #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @Nicky_Garland @sakinasofia - I can't attend conferences as most are international or most UK conferences fall in working day. #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - I worked FT and studied part-time to get my OU degree & in reverse for my current MSc. Intend FT Phd/Pt work to help self funding. #phdchat

@ICTwitz - @Nicky_Garland Respect to that idea. My trouble is, it takes me 30 minutes to focus on my research :-s #phdchat

@Localopolis - P/t Phds distort time - seem to be for eternity until the end suddenly come into sight #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @strictlykaren Lots of popcorn, nachos etc too I hope :) #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @sakinasofia - currently getting a grip of my 'drifting' and getting back to answering RQ's #phdchat

@elieraad - @ICTwitz No not totally true, it depends on each person's time management #phdchat

@SueFolley - @SteveCooke yes and I still find time for crap TV :)) #phdchat

@londonaesthetik - @ICTwitz same here! i need all morning to get into my work! #phdchat

@nickygen - @NSRiazat I work in a Uni academic dept and a suupportive HofD makes such a huge difference but even so the job takes over at times #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @NSRiazat @sakinasofia I've found it very easy to start considering a weekend conference as a 'holiday' - pretty sad! :-) #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @londonaesthetik - just getting a grip of my 'drifting' and getting back to mindmapping main concepts #phdchat

@Localopolis - I work FT for a local council - considering the pressure they are under at the moment I'm very grateful that they are so supportive #phdchat

@Bacterioskeptic - Aims for tonight 1) viva revision 2) (don't judge me) Lewis and 3) run #phdchat #ambitious

@aephd - @londonaesthetik AGREED! >> i get frustrated when on good phd day and interrupt for teaching! #phdchat

@srossmktg - I think once again, it also comes back to the domain you're in. Funding, timing, etc of domains differs. #phdchat

@ICTwitz - @elieraad Thats why I asked the question. It also depends what other pressures/expectations are in place! #phdchat

@aephd - @emmaburnettx @elieraad @londonaesthetik That's bc it is! #phdchat

@londonaesthetik - @NSRiazat good! If you figure out a magical trick to quell drifting, please tell me!!!!!!!!!!!! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@mcgrath_chris: @NSRiazat Its important to remember why you had this burning desire to start and remember that reason" #phdchat - agreed

@Nicky_Garland - @ICTwitz Its def a uphil struggle, sometimes I go 2 weeks and realise I've done v little, even tho I've been working everyday #phdchat

@ICTwitz - @SueFolley @SteveCooke Welcome to my world. Or easily distracted via twitter (like now, for example!) #phdchat

@laurapasquini - @NSRiazat @Nicky_Garland @sakinasofia Conference scheduling & planning is a challenge for me as well. I understand. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - Professional development via conmferences/seminars is so important as a developing researcher. #phdchat @Nicky_Garland

@ICTwitz - @londonaesthetik Indeed. I sometimes have great intentions!!! #phdchat

@galpod - @ICTwitz @suefolley @stevecooke twitter is the worst distraction - there's ALWAYS something! #phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - @NSRiazat #phdchat Does anyone want to expand the conversation to discuss how social media can help the P/T phd - esp mature ones?

@londonaesthetik - @ICTwitz I keep telling myself intentions count... ha! #delusional #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - @Nicky_Garland @NSRiazat Oh no that makes me sad too, conferences and OU summer schools have been my holidays in recent years too #phdchat

@aephd - @ictwitz @SueFolley @SteveCooke LOL! Yeah, but it's for a good cause..you have to allow the distractions for limited time #phdchat

@SueFolley - @galpod @ICTwitz @stevecooke twitter is a distraction and aid at the same time. Always good to know others are phd-ing too :) #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - Sometimes the hardest part of PT Phd is that I just don't have the support from my peers as I never see them. Most I get is from #phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - #phdchat Who are not used to social media

@ICTwitz - @galpod @SueFolley @SteveCooke I know. I set myself to work tonight, then noticed #phdchat I read a good paper today though, so thats good!

@erinlpc - re: time management and phd work I find Cal Newports ideas really interesting (and hopefully beneficial!) #phdchat http://t.co/M9SnqvTJ

@londonaesthetik - @Donna_Peach @Nicky_Garland @NSRiazat Mine are research trips!!! Luckily ended up in cool places. #phdchat

@SueFolley - @aephd @ictwitz @SteveCooke exactly - crap TV and wine on Fri/Sat nights keep me going the rest of the week :) #phdchat

@SueFolley - @ICTwitz @galpod @SteveCooke there you go - you have done something productive today - celebrate that! #phdchat

@SteveCooke - Doing my BA & MA P/T while working was good prep for managing my time. I found treating the PhD like I did work made it manageable. #phdchat

@AddictedtoTweed - @Nicky_Garland I would second that tweet #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @NSRiazat Definety! Constantly trying to plan far enough in advance to attend, bonus of FT work is that can afford to pay for them #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @nickygen - the day job always has to come first and PhD second for me. #phdchat

@marcbello - @Localopolis TRUE! Seems like your on a ship without clear destination.. #phdchat

@nickygen - @mcgrath_chris @NSRiazat I find some of the social media based information very helpful #phdchat

@NSRiazat - Please remember to use the #phdchat folks to be included in the chat log on the wiki

@aephd - @suefolley @ICTwitz @SteveCooke Yes, mindless TV saved me from pulling all my hair out..but I was relegated to DVR'd viewings #phdchat

@ICTwitz - @SueFolley @galpod @SteveCooke Indeed. It can be a lonely journey, full or part time, so twitter is good to find like-minded folks #phdchat

@galpod - @SueFolley: crap TV and wine on Fri/Sat nights keep me going the rest of the week :) #phdchat << Like!! :)

@SueFolley - My two mantras for p/t phd work are 1) just keep plodding - you have to get there eventually and 2) do at least something every day #phdchat

@nickygen - "@NSRiazat: @nickygen - the day job always has to come first and PhD second for me. - yes same here #phdchat"

@SueFolley - @aephd :)) #phdchat

@ICTwitz - Perhaps @NSRiazat should organise a #phdchat convention. Sure shes not got much else to do ;-)

@EmmaBurnettx - @Queen_Claire it absolutely will be!! @elieraad @londonaesthetik @nsriazat #phdchat

@marcbello - @Localopolis TRUE! Its like your on a ship without clear destination.. #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - @mcgrath_chris #phdchat, I'm new to twitter & blogging but I've found it v useful, in my 40's which perhaps held me back from social media

@SueFolley - @galpod :)) #phdchat

@Queen_Claire - @Localopolis don't get anything official. They are pretty good if I need to get to uni for a couple of hours though #phdchat

@galpod - @SueFolley: 1) just keep plodding - you have to get there eventually and 2) do at least something every day #phdchat excellent advice!

@NSRiazat - @Queen_Claire @EmmaBurnettx @elieraad @londonaesthetik - definitely be worth. Keep the end goal clearly in mind. :) #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @SueFolley Second that! Plus...don't let it take over your life! There is always time to have a little fun! #phdchat

@Queen_Claire - @NSRiazat @mcgrath_chris feel really isolated. Hard to know how you're doing with no-one to chat to #phdchat

@gconole - @SueFolley seriously I know it is tough but keep at it - will be worth it I promise! #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - @NSRiazat sorry, I forget to do that #phdchat

@ICTwitz - Can I ask, how do full time phd students fund their study? Course and living costs? #phdchat

@SueFolley - @NSRiazat yeah sorry forgot to add #phdchat to my first two tweets tonight so resent with it on :)

@NSRiazat - Might take @janshs anecdote today and dye hair same colour as my graduation gown upon completion - to cover the PhD induced greys! #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @nickygen @NSRiazat Suppose I'm lucky in fact that job is just to pay the bills, I always see it as second to phd #phdchat

@lizgloyn - @ICTwitz I was funded by my department with a mixture of fellowships and teaching assistantships, but that's US system #phdchat

@SueFolley - @gconole thanks - we are having a ft/pt debate on #phdchat tonight. Am nearing the end as aim to submit by end July this year :))

@ICTwitz - @lizgloyn Its good to get an international sense of how people achieve #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - Hi all, sorry I'm late! #phdchat

@erinlpc - @ICTwitz tuition & 80% of health insurance covered + RA stipend and fellowship. That's the norm in my discipline #phdchat

@SueFolley - @Nicky_Garland absolutely my 3) would be that - to drink wine on a weekend night and enjoy life at least occasionally :) #phdchat

@gconole - @SueFolley wow congrats good for you!!!! Dr Folley sounds kind of cool ;-) #phdchat

@Queen_Claire - @nickygen @nsriazat yup, and here #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @Katherine_McDon - good point - P/T gives a chance to have a break from F/T uni bubble. Great idea about volunteering though. #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - @ICTwitz I'm funded by the uni in return for around 6hrs of teaching per week #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @Queen_Claire #phdchat folks are amazing for that. Never feel isolated thanks to everyone here @NSRiazat @mcgrath_chris #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - @Queen_Claire @NSRiazat @mcgrath_chris I have certainly found study groups on fb v useful to ease isolation #phdchat

@aephd - @ICTwitz Ditto! >> funded by my department with a mixture of fellowships and teaching assistantships, but that's US system #phdchat

@srossmktg - @erinlpc We have a sweet deal compared to most. @ICTwitz #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @Katherine_McDon - spent day on campus today and it was strangely invigorating in terms of thesis development. #phdchat

@erinlpc - @srossmktg that we do! #phdchat

@londonaesthetik - @Donna_Peach what study groups on fb are out there? #phdchat

@ICTwitz - @erinlpc Fair enough. Ive always self-funded my (part-time) study - I want to show my children what they can achieve if they want #phdchat

@nickygen - @NSRiazat no hair dye needed yet but I will need a large gown for phD induced over eating and lack of exercise. #phdchat

@Queen_Claire - Being a teacher, I get time when I can just write. Aiming to write methodology and better finalise lit review this summer #phdchat

@dreamyscientist - @jcnemecek good to know, I am looking for tutoring opportunities around the place #phdchat

@ICTwitz - @ClaretCarly That sounds a good deal! Salford? How did that work (Im in Lancashire!) #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @srossmktg I'm rooting for you! #phdchat

@elieraad - @Donna_Peach @londonaesthetik Although many study groups are on fb, I prefer to keep fb only for real friends #phdchat

@Karenmca - #phdchat @julianskyrme @NSRiazat working f/t, researching p/t made me value research time. Didn't complete f/t PhD but got p/t PhD 25 yrs on

@londonaesthetik - @ICTwitz I self-fund to have complete control of my choice of topic. I didn't want a uni prescribed thing. #phdchat

@ICTwitz - @srossmktg @erinlpc I dont mind too much. Its interesting to see how different people live #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - @londonaesthetik They are connected with my ou modules as distant learners contact is essential the same could be set up for phd's #phdchat

@ICTwitz - Back soon #phdchat folks. Got an e-mail from my uni tutor!

@peterflomLD - Are you writing a dissertation? You may need a statistician http://t.co/XPR9ZVOo #PhDchat

@PeterFlomStat - Are you writing a dissertation? You may need a statistician http://t.co/KWv7qLLH #PhDchat

@debbiefuco - @NSRiazat Worked full-time throughout. Challenge = not being in the loop being on campus more often. Out of sight, out of mind. #phdchat

@londonaesthetik - @elieraad same, only people I actually know. But I'm intrigued, I want as much accountability as am 4 months away from my uni #phdchat

@ProFellow - New database of PhD fellowships: http://t.co/IGFT1cD6 #phdchat

@ClaretCarly - @ICTwitz It's working quite well thanks, I just have to fit my field work around teaching in term time. Great experience so far #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @londonaesthetik @ICTwitz Second that! I wouldn't have been able to last whole PhD on topic that was onlt vaguely interesting to me #phdchat

@SteveCooke - @ICTwitz I worked full time & taught a few hours per week to fund mine. #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - #phdchat My intention is to self fund as my subject area is not mainstream and I wanted the freedom to choose

@ICTwitz - @Nicky_Garland @londonaesthetik Indeed. Surely you have to have a personal interest in your study, whether full or part time #phdchat

@elieraad - @londonaesthetik Away for 4 months is not easy! #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @NSRiazat Challenge of working F/T & PhD P/T=balancing both worlds. Difficult to teach al day & work on diss at night & weekends. #phdchat

@srossmktg - @debbiefuco Thanks Debbie! Coulda maybe done without some 8th hour revisions... #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - @elieraad @londonaesthetik #phdchat I have 2 fb accounts one for family one for study

@londonaesthetik - @elieraad nope but necessary to retreat for write up and then research trip for me! #phdchat

@ICTwitz - @SteveCooke Yes, but youre a Spurs fan, so would need that distraction ;-) #onlykidding #phdchat I dont think my p/t fee is too bad!

@Donna_Peach - @Queen_Claire #phdchat go for it :)

@elieraad - @Donna_Peach Good luck with profile and friend management tasks ;) #phdchat

@SueFolley - Make a list of small tasks like references to check, things to look up etc and do those whenever you have a spare half-hour or so #phdchat

@allonsdanser - Now we're cookin! Shared Zotero folder to do some collab work on a book chap. I heart tech. #phdchat #edtech #infolit

@Nicky_Garland - @debbiefuco @NSRiazat Being doing PhD PT for 3 years and havn't yet mastered it! Always one or the other #phdchat

@elieraad - Okey this is nice! @londonaesthetik: @elieraad nope but necessary to retreat for write up and then research trip for me! #phdchat

@aephd - @srossmktg 8th hour huh? Wait til the dissert defense... #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @SueFolley My PhD to do list on my phone is my life!!!! Its is a great idea to keep on top of things #phdchat

@SteveCooke - @ICTwitz it's not the cost of the PhD that makes it hard, it's the loss of earnings needed to pay mortgage & feed the kids #phdchat

@apiotrowska4 - @Bacterioskeptic Very abmitious indeed! my aims are just 1) lab, 2) lab and 3) lab... pure joy! run sounds amazing though! #phdchat

@ICTwitz - Once again, thanks to the amazing @NSRiazat for organising and hosting #phdchat this evening. I must really go and read another paper now!

@ICTwitz - @SteveCooke Indeed. Life! #phdchat

@srossmktg - @aephd Lol, yeah, only 8th hr (prop.def. on Tue), from 1 member. Its left me more confused: what do I incorporate for TUE v. LATER? #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - @elieraad After being in a work/study bubble for 6 years my only friends are virtual ;o) #phdchat

@aephd - @stevecooke @ICTwitz AMEN! >> it's the loss of earnings needed to pay mortgage & feed the kids #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - Great discussion tonight. Going to sign off now. Hot bath & bed awaits #phdchat

@strictlykaren - @mcgrath_chris @NSRiazat #phdchat helps me to overcome isolation, also widened my reading thro tweeted links to useful papers #phdchat

@SueFolley - @Nicky_Garland Good idea. I do smaller jobs and editing in the evenings - and keep the more difficult stuff for weekends/days off #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - @NSRiazat Thank you for this #phdchat hope to join in again on future discussions

@elieraad - Same here! RT @Donna_Peach: @elieraad After being in a work/study bubble for 6 years my only friends are virtual ;o) #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @laurapasquini I've learned all the details from the grad students who work on campus. Don't know what I would have done otherwise. #phdchat

@SueFolley - @EmmaBurnettx Enjoy your bath Emma - hope you are feeling a bit better tomorrow :) #phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - @strictlykaren @NSRiazat #phdchat I see that - but is it really important to be at the same stage-or it becomes a one way advice session?

@aephd - @srossmktg Might hv to get some facetime w/ folks. In lieu of written feedback, sit w/ ea member & get their fb. Hv them rate impt #phdchat

@Donna_Peach - @mcgrath_chris @strictlykaren @NSRiazat #phdchat I think this is a really interesting issue - needs more discussion

@debbiefuco - @Nicky_Garland Difficult to make it to uni after work & before supervisors have classes. Limited appointments times can be a pain. #phdchat

@EmmaBurnettx - @SueFolley Thanks Sue. Loving these uber strong drowsy painkillers :) #phdchat

@srossmktg - @aephd We sorta did that this am. Impossible enough to get them to have schedule the defense. ie., Advisor himself's in and out. #phdchat

@debbiefuco - Yep. Makes it hard to recommend to anyone. RT @strictlykaren: @SteveCooke @localopolis lack of support is just so short sighted #phdchat

@Nicky_Garland - @NSRiazat That was a very productive and reassuring #phdchat tonight! Thanks a lot

@strictlykaren - @mcgrath_chris @NSRiazat i dont think so, there are others earlier than me who still offer some good advice, links etc #phdchat

@apiotrowska4 - @strictlykaren @londonaesthetik That's correct:) not really involved as too busy in the lab... sorry I missed your seminar today:( #phdchat

@debbiefuco - This is my 'group.' RT @LBA_OX12: @Nicky_Garland Ye. Uni's about 70 miles away so I feel cut off from PhD group there #phdchat

@aephd - @srossmktg With just advisor or whole committee? #phdchat

@srossmktg - @aephd It kinda feels like this: http://t.co/iF0qUUgA #phdchat

@KirsteenG - @SueFolley sorry to have missed #phdchat tonight. Jul sounds great! I'm aiming for Sep submission. What will it be like to have normal life?

@debbiefuco - Agree! RT @elieraad: @londonaesthetik Teaching while doing a PhD looks like doing 2 F/T jobs at a time #phdchat

@aephd - @srossmktg LOL!!! Yeah, well it's gonna get worse until done... #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @ICTwitz Would have been nice and I think quicker. #phdchat

@srossmktg - Who ever did this animated #whatshouldwecallgradschool GIF deserves a hug and kiss. http://t.co/iF0qUUgA #phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - @strictlykaren @NSRiazat #phdchat what helps most? encouragement from others or knowing that others are struggling too? too perverse?

@aephd - @srossmktg Don't rule out teleconference w/ committee members (skype is my best friend)... #phdchat

@debbiefuco - Agree! RT @Localopolis: P/t Phds distort time - seem to be for eternity until the end suddenly come into sight #phdchat

@srossmktg - @aephd Advisor AND committee member (only 1 has given feedback). Some feedback is applicable now, others maybe for later. #phdchat

@debbiefuco - How many of you are working in cohorts or groups as you earn your PhD? I am going solo. There was not an option in my program. #phdchat

@aephd - @mcgrath_chris @strictlykaren @NSRiazat As harsh as it sounds..knowing others are struggling too..lets me know this is 'normal'...#phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - @debbiefuco @elieraad @londonaesthetik #phdchat It is.

@anoush - "You have to go to the place that is best for you, not where other people think is best" http://t.co/ois6QVkW #phdchat

@Janshs - @NSRiazat well it's worth a thought #PhDChat

@Nicky_Garland - @debbiefuco Recently I've taken to visiting supervisors in coffee shops by where they live, easier than heading to uni! #phdchat

@SueFolley - @KirsteenG I really can't imagine!!! Hoping to find out sometme in the near future though! Good luck with yours :) #phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - @debbiefuco #phdchat Another solo here.

@debbiefuco - @Nicky_Garland Coffee shop--good tip! #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @mcgrath_chris @Nicky_Garland Wonder how different or faster it would have been to work in a cohort? #phdchat

@mcgrath_chris - @debbiefuco @Nicky_Garland #phdchat I think it would be a wholly different experience. it certainly was for my MBA (ed)

@aephd - @srossmktg That's fine. U'll get fb after defense ne way. U jst want 2 anticipate as much now so its less u hv to do after def #phdchat

@erinlpc - @debbiefuco I will have 2 others students in my cohort. Hoping it helps to have someone to commiserate with during program #phdchat

@aephd - @debbiefuco @mcgrath_chris @Nicky_Garland From the sounds of it, sounds like moving w/ cohort is much better.. #phdchat

@elieraad - @NSRiazat Thank you all for this nice #phdchat

@srossmktg - @aephd True. Though instead, this just served to ratchet up the anxiety beyond *my* norm and *the* norm. #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @aephd It has to be a better way to go. Solo is tough, if for any other reason than you might get more attention from supers. #phdchat

@debbiefuco - Agree! RT @NSRiazat: Professional development via conmferences/seminars is so important as a developing researcher. #phdchat @Nicky_Garland

@NSRiazat - Thanks to all for valued contributions/perspectives to #phdchat tonight.

@aephd - @srossmktg No need for increased anxiety (easier said than done I know)..I'm sure u've done evrythg, just make sure prez's coherent #phdchat

@CatClarkson - I wonder whoever thought academic posters were a good idea? #phdchat

@debbiefuco - Yep! More fun, too! RT @NSRiazat: @nickygen - the day job always has to come first and PhD second for me. #phdchat

@Hack_packer - Sorry i missed #phdchat @thesiswhisperer - when is the next?

@debbiefuco - @SteveCooke Indeed. It can be a lonely journey, full or part time, so twitter is good to find like-minded folks #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @mcgrath_chris About 30 minutes and you? #phdchat

@aephd - Great chatting w/ evryone on #phdchat

@ai1sa - bother missed #phdchat

@dbaQ8 - Just wanted 2 say hi 2 my friends at #phdchat. Im in business researching strategy implementation from a mid management perspective

@debbiefuco - @mcgrath_chris Workshops/seminars during the day at my uni, too. In a couple weeks, I'm attending their 1st dissertation bootcamp. #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @Donna_Peach Could you share more about study group on fb? #phdchat

@debbiefuco - Hilarious! RT @srossmktg: Who ever did this animated #whatshouldwecallgradschool GIF deserves a hug and kiss. http://t.co/Fy0vWBtT #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @srossmktg I feel your pain! #phdchat

@debbiefuco - @erinlpc I am! #phdchat

@LittleMissMeh - I am having some kind of existential crisis. I need a drink, or a holiday, or something! #phdchat

@AmandaMichelle - lolz, didn't even get to my list of ?s. well, i got to 1. had a great chat & even got feedback on research plans & lit search! #phdchat

@dreamyscientist - my echofon account was acting up, i just got these replies now @aephd @jnemecek @strictlykaren @galpod @londonaesthetik thanks #phdchat

@AmandaMichelle - but... prof is up for tenure & is having a baby in oct. she does have an upcoming RAship tho. i'd be doing all the data collection #phdchat

@jswann - @debbiefuco I'm solo too. Hard going in design research #phdchat

@pennybridged - bah, missed #phdchat, blame Murray vs Ferrer in #frenchopentennis and mini work crisis.

@AprilJNiemela - Care to share any #research articles about online teacher professional development? #phd #phdchat #MSUepet #edchat

@pennybridged - Same here - mortgage wont pay itself RT @debbiefuco @NSRiazat: @nickygen -day job always has to come first and PhD second for me. #phdchat

@apiotrowska4 - @Bacterioskeptic No if you're there 9.00-21.00... wouldn't have been complaining if it wasn't sauna-like situation there! #phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@ICTwitz: Perhaps @NSRiazat should organise a #phdchat convention. Sure shes not got much else to do ;-)" (next year...) ;-)

@NSRiazat - @Queen_Claire @mcgrath_chris #phdchat definitely helps with isolation. Thread runs 24/7 informally and have a live chat Wed evening.

@NSRiazat - @nickygen - me too although trying to do something every day to be active. :) #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @debbiefuco - good point re: being off campus. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @ICTwitz - #phdchat excellent resource due to the amazing people who give up their Wed evening to share thoughts/tips etc. Great community.

@NSRiazat - @Donna_Peach - thank you for joining #phdchat earlier - look forward to seeing you again. #phdchat thread runs informally 24/7. :)

@laurapasquini - Viva Survivors - A podcast about PhDs, the viva and life afterwards http://t.co/Q2sSqwzC via @PhD2Published #phdchat

@NSRiazat - "@Nicky_Garland: @NSRiazat That was a very productive and reassuring #phdchat tonight! Thanks a lot" (enjoyable #phdchat chat tonight) :-)

@NSRiazat - @Nicky_Garland - it's always great to hear of other's wisdom/perspective to help me develop on my journey as a researcher. #phdchat

@tnlewis13 - @laurapasquini doing both, many classes are online or hybrid. #phdchat

@NSRiazat - @aephd @mcgrath_chris @strictlykaren - I didn't know a single #phd student before #phdchat so great to hear other perspectives/challenges :)

@easegill - You are not alone - workshop for PhD students & social media starting now @waikato #phdchat #yam @stephenharlow

@Donna_Peach - @debbiefuco #phdchat, the groups were part of my ou degree, but i don't see why the same could not be set up for phd students,

@starpath - Interesting comment on the use of 'however' and 'but to start a sentence. #phdchat http://t.co/h9F20Nrb

@srossmktg - I spent all day doing it, but finally figured out how to optimally revise my (5) hypotheses and appease my committee member. #phdchat

@SarahStewart - Congratulation Dallas!! RT: @starpath: @socialspace BTW: submitting today!! #milestone #phdchat

@dreamyscientist - @pennybridged Wow! 60-80 definitely doesn't apply in that case! I'm in a FT, fixed TTD-PhD, must graduate in 6 or they kick me out #phdchat

@laurapasquini - @debbiefuco It's true. We're a pretty "informed" bunch who both work and school on campus. #phdchat

@thesiswhisperer - @Hack_packer Supervisors and established academics tune into #phdchat and live #phdchat. I've got a 'storify' coming out today on blog.

@NSRiazat - "@Lemness: @nsriazat would you mind explaining what you mean by P/T? #phdchat" (sorry missed tweet from earlier - P/T = part time)

@AprilJNiemela - Do you have any #research articles about online teacher professional development you'd send my way? #phd #phdchat #MSUepet #edchat

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