Linda describes herself as a “mature (baby boomer?) student” who is UK based part-time. She is a distance learning MSc student, due to complete in summer 2011 at Manchester Business School. She’ll be starting part-time PhD at Southampton in September 2011 while working full-time. Linda started her MSc for professional development and caught the bug. She’s found the area that she wants to explore in her PhD and hopes that will give her a framework for exploring and researching her ideas and writing about them.
Q: Where are you in the dissertation writing process?
A: I’m writing up my findings chapter in my MSc dissertation, looking at the discussion chapter and sorting through the conclusions chapter. I’m due to submit it at the end of June. I’m also keeping a watching eye on issues/areas for my PhD research.
Q: How did you come up with your topic?
A: It’s been bubbling away at the back of my mind for several years as an area that hasn’t been explored yet and the MSc gave me an opportunit y to start to do so.
Q: What is your favorite thing about writing your dissertation?
A: The flow, the aha moment when ideas come together and you can write about them easily and fluently.
Q: What do you find most challenging about the dissertation writing process?
A: Every day life and balancing time.
Q: If you could describe the process of dissertation writing in one word, what would it be?
Q: Any tips to share with the readers of TD:D?
A: Little and often, chip away.
Q: How much time do you spend on writing/researching?
A: It takes most of my spare time.
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