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moc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-04-07 07:14 PM
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12. I know how scary it is. Two days before my defense, one of my
committee members told me I 'still had a lot of work to do'. This was the first feedback she'd given me despite the fact I'd been trying to meet with her for over a month. :mad: Two days before my defense, she pulled this crap. Fortunately, I had a strong advisor, and she alerted the other committee members to keep the wild card member under control. I was seriously freaked, but it all went just fine.

Have you met with each of your committee members and/or gotten feedback from them on your draft? If so, you can probably predict their questions based on their feedback.

Oh, and don't worry about the serious flaw. Again, it's your advisor's responsibility to make sure there are no problems.

What's your field, btw?
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  -Defending dissertation in two weeks. Got any tips? democrat in Tallahassee  Feb-04-07 06:54 PM   #0 
  - don't panic  WoodrowFan   Feb-04-07 06:58 PM   #1 
  - Exactly. It's your advisor's responsibility to make sure you're ready.  moc   Feb-04-07 07:01 PM   #4 
  - My advisor has been very good and I don't think that I have  democrat in Tallahassee   Feb-04-07 07:09 PM   #7 
     - I know how scary it is. Two days before my defense, one of my  moc   Feb-04-07 07:14 PM   #12 
     - I swear, they pick lots or something  wryter2000   Feb-04-07 07:18 PM   #16 
     - I still stick by what I said  wryter2000   Feb-04-07 07:16 PM   #14 
     - I got a curveball question in orals  wryter2000   Feb-04-07 07:19 PM   #18 
  - What Woodrow said  wryter2000   Feb-04-07 07:15 PM   #13 
  - Did you ask your committee for tips?  gristy   Feb-04-07 06:59 PM   #2 
  - Yep, I asked. Told me to be able to think about how this  democrat in Tallahassee   Feb-04-07 07:12 PM   #10 
  - Yep, get the hell outta town would be my tip.... and that is serious.  oldtimecanuk   Feb-04-07 07:00 PM   #3 
  - Congratulations! You are almost there...  Olney Blue   Feb-04-07 07:04 PM   #5 
  - Don't know how many of you if any listened to Howard Zinn...  oldtimecanuk   Feb-04-07 07:07 PM   #6 
  - what.  slowry   Feb-04-07 07:14 PM   #11 
  - Your advisor and committee should be on your side--  okasha   Feb-04-07 07:10 PM   #8 
  - Get friends together  salin   Feb-04-07 07:12 PM   #9 
  - I was on committees at Penn years ago...  PCIntern   Feb-04-07 07:18 PM   #15 
  - Relax  EstimatedProphet   Feb-04-07 07:19 PM   #17 
  - Practice your talk and try to anticipate the obvious questions  Dudley_DUright   Feb-04-07 07:23 PM   #19 
  - It's a PhD in Humanities but the dissertation deals with  democrat in Tallahassee   Feb-04-07 07:27 PM   #20 
     - I can't tell you how happy I was to finish my Ph.D. defense  Dudley_DUright   Feb-04-07 07:32 PM   #22 
  - practice, practice, practice  ima_sinnic   Feb-04-07 07:30 PM   #21 
  - I'll repeat the themes above.  JohnnyLib2   Feb-04-07 07:32 PM   #23 
  - The night before the defense  charlottelouise   Feb-04-07 07:52 PM   #24 
  - Thanks everybody. I feel better.  democrat in Tallahassee   Feb-04-07 08:28 PM   #25 
  - congrats. get a good night's sleep.  msedano   Feb-04-07 08:35 PM   #26 
  - Here's a link to a list I got after I defended. Not sure if it would be  Malikshah   Feb-04-07 08:46 PM   #27 
  - #105--"Go Into Labor"  lolly   Feb-04-07 10:36 PM   #30 
  - Good luck to you  entanglement   Feb-04-07 08:48 PM   #28 
  - If you know every page of your book to the extent that you could  ladjf   Feb-04-07 10:00 PM   #29 
  - No tips but good luck if you have gotten this far I am sure you will be fine, in another  buzzard   Feb-05-07 12:57 AM   #31 
  - Tell em you are the decider and what you say goes...  The Straight Story   Feb-05-07 12:58 AM   #32 
  - congrats and good luck! And please  fishwax   Feb-05-07 01:27 AM   #33 

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