Public Talk Ph D Microskills Dr NadiyahPresentation Transcript
PhD Microskills: Self management for PhD Success Nadiyah Elias (PhD) Graduate Department of Counseling and Psychology College of Arts and Sciences Universiti Utara Malaysia
Keep your project (PhD) simple and manageable
Know what is required and deliver just so – no need to go overboard
Manage your resources: time, money energy, available literature, facilities, expert help.
Remember: To get a PhD, all you only need to do is:
One research project
One research report (thesis/dissertation)
One presentation (viva voce/ defense/oral)
What if people say this to you?
To qualify for a PhD standard, you need to demonstrate that you work is:
and a contribution to knowledge
At PhD level
An original work ( make some modifications )
A contribution to knowledge ( don’t just quote, add your own thoughts )
At PhD Level ( fulfill minimum requirements for language, methods, thinking, thesis format )
Micro Skills Approach…
To succeed in carrying out research and writing up thesis, a candidate need to have a certain set of skills.
Academic skills (research, writing, reading)
Organizational skills for project management
Self regulation or self-management skills
…. Micro Skills Approach…
Candidates have different levels of these skills depending on their life experience
The more of these skills that you have, the better equipped you are to succeed in PhD
The micro skills approach: study what you need, what you have and what you lack, and then take specific steps in attaining them .
…. Micro Skills Approach
You can learn by reading, observing successful and coping models (other people who are doing a bit better than you)
Or you can attend workshops that teach you components of these skills
Some of skills Needed To Survive Your PhD:
Hunting skills : for lit search, and to handle your advisor
Kow Tow/ Groveling skills : for your advisor and the librarian, gatekeepers, definitely for your respondents.
Quick Study : You must be willing to learn anything that you need to learn, and you must will yourself to learn it fast. These could be research methods or stats, typing or computer skills, even driving & parking, or formatting your thesis.
… More Survival Skills
Help seeking skills : data management, data gathering, baby sitting, psychiatric help
Housekeeping skills : for reference and data management (never mind your house for now)
English (vocabulary and speed reading)
Writing skills : for impressive write-up of your thesis
… And the most important skill… Self Regulation!!!! The ability to make your self start and continue working This is also know as self-management
How to Hone up Needed Skills
Positive attitude: I can do it
Enroll in courses or workshops
Ask the person who knows
Be a student – seeker of knowledge/skills ( thalibu- ilm )
For self-regulation: Strive and practice ( mujahadah & riadhah )
Tools for PhD Self/Project Management
The work schedule
The Thesis Binder
The list of references (Endnote) *
The notes (Endnote & Word ) *
The mind map
The thesis file *
The PhD Office
You need a permanent space to work
A space to leave your work untouched
Computer with internet line, printer- one good printer & one economic printer,
Space to work
Enough privacy (kids can’t mess your work), and least distractions (no tv while you are working!)
+distinct from daily living
+ another space to work at flexible hours
You need a schedule that incorporate daily routine & Three-Year-Plan
You need to be consistent, yet flexible
Your target need to be reasonable for optimum feeling of accomplishment
The Thesis Binder
A concrete thesis (in the making) in your hand – now! (For realistic thickness, put in blank papers first)
Put the cover with your name, title, department and your intended graduation year (example: June 2014)
Make dividers for preface, chapter 1-5, reference, and appendices.
You can start by writing the acknowledgement and dedications.
Put the latest drafts in. (you may stack your old drafts as feedback on work done)
The Mind Map
Mahjong paper or use mind mapping software
Paste on the wall of your study/ bedroom. You can add ideas with marker pen, put a new one if it gets too messy.
For conceptual ideas of your study/ thesis
Use a separate mind map for ch1, ch2, ch3, or for each concept.
The Thesis (softcopy)
For simple handling, use separate files for different chapters
Put in one folder labeled PhD thesis (do not mix with other stuff)
For interim draft, the endnote references will be printed separately at the end of each chapter. (Your advisor would not mind this draft format if you tell them about using Endnote)
You can learn how to combine the chapters later on before you submit your final draft.
….The Thesis Softcopy
Type up the chapter headings, subtopics etc. Use the correct format from beginning – it will save you pain later on. Buy APA guide!
Start your table of contents from the beginning. Changes in the content will be reflected in your tables each time you update
…. Thesis Softcopy
Type your notes directly into the thesis file under appropriate headings, with complete references. (keep copy of your phrases/sentences in your ‘note’ section of Endnote) You can always move it later- but type it in, and place it first!!!
Use floating notes sparingly. (only for something you think is interesting, but of no immediate use. Use keywords and paste it in a separate word files called ‘floaters’ or ‘the stacks’
Thesis Writing vs. Taking Notes for Background knowlege
Candidates not yet familiar in their field might need to first start with taking notes and making mind maps for getting to an acceptable level of background knowledge.
Do not confuse this notes with thesis writing. Notes can be broad and encompassing, thesis need to limited and purpose driven
There are many commercial soft-wares for reference management.
UUM has Endnote – you can install for free.
This need a separate course
Micro skills that I teach
Referencing using Endnote software
Developing Background knowledge
Writing your thesis using the top down and bottom up integrated approach.
Cleaning up your writing (repeatable)
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