Dear Doctorate – Year two, week 32

Published on Saturday 20th April 2019 by DJ Kirkby

Dear Doctorate Diary,

I have noticed an interesting correlation between my level of study and complexity of my cakes. Pre- doctorate cakes were fairly simple (naked layer cakes)  and mid doctorate cakes are much more detailed (fairy treehouse stump cake – full set of photos on Instagram).

I am working on my final draft of assignment five which is due this Friday. I could have an extension because of the time I had off for eye surgery, but an extension will add a delay to starting my next assignment which is a 10,000 word transfer doc. The transfer doc is due (as a full draft) on July 1st so I need to start working on that as soon as possible really.

On a less serious note, the challenge for this assignment is to seamlessly fit in the word pithivier. I’ve managed the challenges from my cohort for the previous assignments, and have some ideas about how to do this one, so I am feeling fairly confident.

Oooh but I do just have to say that although I still haven’t fallen in love with doing my doctorate but I am learning to accept its presence in my life. That’s a fairly significant change from this time last year.

Now I’d better stop procrastinating and get on with finishing assignment five….

Week 24 – 32 in review: read week 24 by clicking here

Publishable doctorate words writtenVirtual health education: scaling practice to transform student learning article has been made available online by Nurse Education Today – click here for more info. Future Technologies Conference 2018 article NoObesity Apps – from approach to finished app has been published.  I’ve finished the draft of the second CILVRS article and need to choose a journal for submission so I can rework it to suit their criteria.
Doctorate assignment words written – a couple full drafts written of assignment five which is about undertaking and analysis of my pilot research. This is the last assignment before my transfer doc, scary.
Cups of tea drunk –  Lost count, tea is so perfect, more tea please.
Miles run – 7 miles. Thankfully back to running post eye op. Low mileage at the moment, but slowly increasing. I have entered the June Soggy Bottom triathlon which involved kayaking, biking and running.
Kilometres swam -Zero . I set out to go for a swim on Monday after visiting my grandchildren but was too hungry afterwards so instead went out for lunch which mean’t I was too full to swim. Oooops. Went for a run in the evening instead.
Cakes baked –  Many, many cakes baked. Check out my Instagram page or my recipe page for bakes. My new fave thing to do is make iced cookies!
Crafting  done- too hot so knitting and crocheting on hold until winter.
Books read for pleasure –  Less than I would like but work and study make me too tired to do more than a few minutes reading before I fall asleep at night (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – Qualitative Methods for Health Research by Judith Green and Nicki Thorogood, Qualitative Research for Nurses by Immy Holloway and Stephanie Wheeler, Research and Evaluation for Busy Practitioners by Helen Kara, Qualitative Research Practice by Yvonne Darlington and Dorothy Scott.
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – none in past month
Articles read for doctorate –  Beyond active learning, It is what one does, Examining the validity structure of qualitative research, Conceptualising quality in participatory health research
Blogs read for doctorate – None this month
Research undertaken – pilot research completed and undertaking analysis
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none this week.
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Assignment support dates and tutorials agreed for rest of year.
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – Ridiculously high. I’ve stopped trying and am using my holiday allowance instead.
Overall average stress level – tolerably high
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Read more for pleasure
  • Bake
  • Contemplate navel
  • Complete assignment 5 and begin writing transfer doc

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