Thank You for coming
A Map Out of Confusion
Will start in just a moment
Please Vote By Raising
Your “Hand” if you have
felt confused, hopeless,
lost, or maybe just got
stuck during…
 Designing ...
Confusion

Mind
1. Don’t understand what is expected of me
2. Get back reviews and I don’t understand what they
mean?
3. C...
Confusion

Feelings
• Discouraged
• Loss of confidence
• Loss of sense of self-worth
• Angry
• “Isn’t what I thought would...
Let’s Think Out of the Box

Which stops YOU the most = Mind or Feelings or does
it have to be both?
To what extent then is...
Two Possibilities Of What
You are Up Against…

Educational Responsibility
(Pedagogical)
1. That you weren’t told about the...
Two Possibilities Of What
You are Up Against…

Life Lessons You May or May Not Have
• You have never written 100 pages tog...
University Help

FOR CONFUSION
University Options

Pedagogical
1. Dissertation Classes
2. Supervisor help
3. Access during their
open hours (can
vary gre...
DoctoralNet.com Help

FOR CONFUSION
The Map & The Index
Address the Mind Issues
1. Do you understand how the parts of the research
design work together?
2. Do...
Step 1: Go Back through Phase 1 Material – Use Map for
Questions and
- Use Index to ensure you haven’t missed any key idea...
Anyone Want to Work
Through a Confusion Using
These Tools?
Step 1: What Kind of Learner
are you?

If Visual read, if auditory
watch video, if kinesthetic
turn everything into a task...
Step 2: Measure Your
Confusion on both
mind/emotional levels?
Reach Out Emotional
Supports
• Facebook
• Twitter
• DocNet Group
• Webinar Discussions
• Hourly Support
Final Things to Keep in
Mind

Educational Help
1. Clear map through
the process
2. Feedback in smaller
bursts
3. Access wh...
Final Things to Keep in
Mind

Help With the Personal
Challenge
• Lessons from authors writing
books
• Don’t work independe...
Upcoming
News/Events
NEW SITE! Have You Seen It? www.doctoralnet.com
Sign in and use the Members Menu to help find materia...
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A map through doctoral confusion: Strategies for the mental and emotional difficulties of doctoral work

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There are two sets of difficulties in doctoral work - mental confusion and emotional challenges. There are also two sets main places to go for help: to your university and to web resources - This two by two outline is discussed with step by step suggestions.

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A map through doctoral confusion: Strategies for the mental and emotional difficulties of doctoral work

  1. 1. Thank You for coming A Map Out of Confusion Will start in just a moment
  2. 2. Please Vote By Raising Your “Hand” if you have felt confused, hopeless, lost, or maybe just got stuck during…  Designing a passable research plan  Writing your prospectus or proposal  Finishing data collection/analysis and final writing
  3. 3. Confusion Mind 1. Don’t understand what is expected of me 2. Get back reviews and I don’t understand what they mean? 3. Completely stuck as to how to proceed to move me ahead.
  4. 4. Confusion Feelings • Discouraged • Loss of confidence • Loss of sense of self-worth • Angry • “Isn’t what I thought would happen – I’ve always been a good student – or I’m successful in so many other ways”
  5. 5. Let’s Think Out of the Box Which stops YOU the most = Mind or Feelings or does it have to be both? To what extent then is it helpful to pull them apart and aim solutions at each one individually
  6. 6. Two Possibilities Of What You are Up Against… Educational Responsibility (Pedagogical) 1. That you weren’t told about the sequences and subtleties of this task. 2. That you were distracted when you were told – it didn’t have meaning then
  7. 7. Two Possibilities Of What You are Up Against… Life Lessons You May or May Not Have • You have never written 100 pages together before • You have never worked completely independently before • You supposed that there would be more guidance • You have never faced this much adversity
  8. 8. University Help FOR CONFUSION
  9. 9. University Options Pedagogical 1. Dissertation Classes 2. Supervisor help 3. Access during their open hours (can vary greatly according to supervisor) 4. Assistant Provost (TC story) Emotional • Library help • Speakers • Dissertation support groups • Stories in classes and cohorts
  10. 10. DoctoralNet.com Help FOR CONFUSION
  11. 11. The Map & The Index Address the Mind Issues 1. Do you understand how the parts of the research design work together? 2. Do you have a clear problem situation to study? – What are the words used by the editor or supervisor in the confusing feedback? Trail how they are used. – Are the models you are following “good enough” Find new ones.
  12. 12. Step 1: Go Back through Phase 1 Material – Use Map for Questions and - Use Index to ensure you haven’t missed any key ideas. “ I thought I was past that…. I was wrong.” Dr. C. Harper
  13. 13. Anyone Want to Work Through a Confusion Using These Tools?
  14. 14. Step 1: What Kind of Learner are you? If Visual read, if auditory watch video, if kinesthetic turn everything into a task.
  15. 15. Step 2: Measure Your Confusion on both mind/emotional levels?
  16. 16. Reach Out Emotional Supports • Facebook • Twitter • DocNet Group • Webinar Discussions • Hourly Support
  17. 17. Final Things to Keep in Mind Educational Help 1. Clear map through the process 2. Feedback in smaller bursts 3. Access when you need it
  18. 18. Final Things to Keep in Mind Help With the Personal Challenge • Lessons from authors writing books • Don’t work independently – just don’t expect the university to give you all you need – go to outside sources. • Lessons from those who have thrived through extreme difficulties - the “near miss”
  19. 19. Upcoming News/Events NEW SITE! Have You Seen It? www.doctoralnet.com Sign in and use the Members Menu to help find materials…. + Icons to direct your steps Saturday Feb 8th Sunday Lecture Selecting Research Problem Upcoming Conferences: Feb 9th Data Analysis – Quant Style Feb 15th Interactive – Developing Feb 16th YOUR research problem Setting Yourself Up 4 Success/ Organization Tools Feb 22nd Writing Your Problem Statement Feb 23rd A Strategic Approach to Writing Your Proposal March 1st Chapter 1 – The Lighthouse March 2nd Data Collection Issues: What is Enough?

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