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PhD thesis/dissertation writing support group (in London)?

  1. Nov 30, 2015 #1
    I was wondering if anyone knows a good PhD thesis writing support group, either online or in London?

    I couldn't find any and I wanted to set up a meet up group... but I'm not sure what we would actually do to support each other... and when I finish in a few months, what then? Also I'm afraid no-one else will join and that's why it doesn't already exist.
     
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  3. Nov 30, 2015 #2

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    Wait.... You want to set up a support group, but you yourself don't have a clear idea of its goals and functions? Did I read this correctly?

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  4. Nov 30, 2015 #3
    Hi ZapperZ!

    Yes, you read it correct! I just feel like I could do with some support, but I'm not sure exactly what would make me feel the most supported, and I don't know what other people might want to do... I have some ideas: meet for coffee, write together, do social activities to take breaks from writing, daily motivation chats??
     
  5. Nov 30, 2015 #4

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    Then excuse me for a second while I smack the top of my forehead in disbelief. Are you sure you are not training for a career in politics?

    But what you are describing is some social get-together. Can't you seek and get the same type of interactions with friends and/families? Doesn't you school offer social events and interactions that already that fit in with what you had in mind? I would think that this is better and easier to do than form an ill-defined "support group" whose founder has no idea on what it's purpose should be.

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  6. Nov 30, 2015 #5
    hm... honestly? I have exhausted my friends and my family are not exactly close by. I am currently not exactly a student at my university so I can't join societies. I would ideally like the group to be more about motivation than just social activities, and I think PhD students at their write up stage are a bit of a more stressed/vulnerable group than other students and it would be better if we had our own group where we understand what everyone is going through.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2015 #6

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    How about starting by talking with the fellow PhD students in your department?
     
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