(Closed) Thesis defense…

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@atalante:  I actually just defended on Tuesday.  I worried way more than I had to.  Just re-read your thesis and make sure you can justify everything you wrote and understand why you did it.  RELAX the night before–It’ll be over before you know it and then you can move onto the wedding! Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@atalante:  One thing I knew going in that helped me out is knowing if something was seriously wrong your advisors would not let you get this far. It would make them look bad as well.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@atalante:  Do you take vitamins? That might be the boost your immune system needs.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Take time for youself to stay healthy – get some exercise, take your vitamins get enough sleep. I know I sound like a mom, but it made a huge difference in keeping my sanity when I defended my thesis a few months ago. And the PP is right that if you were in serious trouble your advisor would have said something, so feel confident about yourself. 

At least you’ll be defending before your wedding so it will be out of the way. My job is putting on a huge event 5 days after my wedding :-/

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

First, get PLENTY of sleep. Drink lots of water and also drink Emergen-C two to three times a day…but don’t drink too much of it. Go for power walks after dinner, but two to three hours before bed. I do this even more before finals begin so I’m feeling better and that way I can do better without burning myself out.

Everyone is different, but this seems to work for me. The caffeine in coffee is too much for me, my stomach can’t handle it very well so I just try to energize myself with vitamins, exercise, sleep, etc.

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@atalante:  As a PhD, I second @Treeline:, your committee would not have allowed you to set a defense data if your project/data wasn’t at the expected level. It’s easy for us to tell you to relax and not stress, but having gone through the process I can tell you I was too stressed to listen. Try and exercise, rest, take long baths, or go do what ever activity helps you release stress.  

On the brighter side, your defense will be DONE before the wedding so that you can enjoy your wedding day! It also allows you to move on from your thesis adviser.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Your defense is nothing to worry about. If there are problems at your defense, that’s actually you advisor’s fault and not yours, and it’s extremely rare. Make sure you bring a hard copy with you and something to write with. Maybe read it a few times so you feel like you can find your place quickly when you want to refer to something you’ve writen.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

A few bits of advice from someone who defended a thesis and a dissertation, and now directs the thesis defenses for my MA students:

* PP are right, and they wouldn’t let you get to the defense if you weren’t ready

* “defense” is actually an inaccurate word, since you’re usually not really “defending” your work, as much as you’re explaining your conclusions, talking about possible implications of your research, considering how you might expand/develop for publication

* remember that YOU are the expert on your work. You’re in the room with experts, but they are experts on other things, because didn’t do the work you did. Therefore, you know more about this project than they do. When they question you, it is so you can enlighten them ๐Ÿ™‚

* you’re allowed to take notes, and take time to consider your answers before you give them. Don’t feel like you have to throw out an answer right away. Make them wait in silence while you choose your words.

* if a question seems out of bounds somehow, or asks why you didn’t go in some research direction that’s irrelevant (the favorite of these in my field is asking why someone didn’t include a particular text), you can answer with my all time favorite: That sounds interesting, but it’s not really within the scope of my project. Perhaps if I were to expand, that could be an intriguing direction to explore. 

* you can answer a question with a question: What about that source/process/text do you think would be helpful to this project?

— make time with your advisor to go over his or her plans for your defense!

And good luck!!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

P.S. I am not a grad student (still undergrad), so I have NO idea why I commented on this thread. Sorry, but yes, the other Bees sure know what they’re talking about! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@ProfessorGirl:  I have to agree with this. I knew way more about my subject than the professors on my pannel, it was a good feeling. Plus I put SO MANY limitations on my study they really couldn’t say anything against my work. Half my responses consisted of some form of “that would be an interesting topic for future research, but it’s not relevant to this study.” 

The hard part is writing it. Once that is done you’re ready. 

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