The unmentionable has become an actual ‘thing’ in my life

Published on Saturday 4th November 2017 by DJ Kirkby

Yes, that’s right….I have finally embarked upon the road to doing a doctarate… at the age of 50. I know, right?   RIDICULOUS!  I’ve been very resistant to the whole concept of  writing a doctorate for a VERY LONG TIME. Mostly because, with multiple additional learning needs, my  scholarly experiences have been arduous. So it’s been much easier to simply avoid the whole doctorate concept.  However, a doctorate has now become a ‘must do’, so… I am doing it… on a part time basis over five years.

If you’re still awake at this point and want more on this subject then you’ll be delighted to know that I plan to blog my way through the doctorate process by posting weekly progress lists.

Week 1 of 48 allocated (part time) doctorate weeks (Day 1 of 192):
Publishable doctorate words written – minus 1500
Doctorate suitable papers published – none
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion
Miles run – 11.5
Cakes baked – none
Books read for pleasureIf I Die Before I Wake (see 2017 reading page for link to book review)
Books read for doctorate – one chapter of Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks
Blogs read for doctorate – Dr Helen Kara
Research undertaken – 27 of 46 students have completed the first survey
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – two scheduled for Nov
Meetings with ALN support – one scheduled for Nov
Average level of guilt felt when squeezing doctorate days in work diary – moderate
Overall average stress level – tolerable
Average success rate – pretty much as expected

Plan for next week:

  • meet with one supervisor
  • remind research students to complete survey
  • decide focus group date
  • choose journals for possible publication of two articles
  •  write 1st draft of one article
  •  exercise more
  •  bake more

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