One anonymous post doctoral researcher told me: "You shouldtell everyone that it's going to be unpleasant, that it will mess up their lives, that they will have togive up their friends and their social lives for a while.
But it would be crazy to give up at the writing stage, after years of work on the research, and it would be something to regret for a long time.Writing a thesis is tough work.
Many universities require something like: "I hereby declare that this submission is my own work and that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, it contains no material previously published or written by another person nor material which to a substantial extent has been accepted for the award of any other degree or diploma of the university or other institute of higher learning, except where due acknowledgment has been made in the text.
At this stage, think hard about the logic of the presentation: within chapters, it is often possible to present the ideas in different order, and not all arrangements will be equally easy to follow.
30-60 minutes of exercise per day is probably not time lost from your thesis: I find that if I do not get regular exercise, I sleep less soundly and longer.
It should be a distillation of the thesis: a concise description of the problem(s) addressed, your method of solving it/them, your results and conclusions.
Nevertheless, they enjoyed having a copy of my thesis.)"In the ideal situation, you will be able to spend a large part – perhaps a majority – of your time writing your thesis.
The following comment comes from Marilyn Ball of the Australian National University in Canberra: "When I finished writing my thesis, a postdoc wisely told me to give a copy to my parents.
Whatever the University's policy on single or double-sided copies, the distribution copies could be double-sided paper, or digital, so that forests and postage accounts are not excessively depleted by the exercise.
There is no pointhoping that the examiners will not notice: many examiners feel obliged to find some examplesof improvements (if not outright errors) just to show how thoroughly they have read it.
You must hand in the thesis, even if you think that you need one more draft of that chapter, or someone else's comments on this section, orsome other refinement.
In general, students spend too much time on diagrams – time that could have been spent on examining the arguments, making the explanations clearer, thinking more about the significance and checking for errors in the algebra.
The Health Service, professional keyboard users or perhaps even the school safety officer will be able to supply charts showing recommended relative heights, healthy postures and also exercises that you should do if you spend a lot of time at the keyboard.
In the digital version of your thesis, do not save ordinary photographs or other illustrations as bitmaps, because these take up a lot of memory and are therefore very slow to transfer.
The person who drew the schematic diagram thought about what components ought to be depicted and the way in which the components of the system interacted with each other.
For example, the sentence "After considering all of these possible materials, plutonium was selected" implicitly attributes consciousness to plutonium.