Friday, January 28, 2011

It's going to be 7 chapters!

Finally, I have made an effort to meet my SV after 4-long-months of delaying. I long for this meeting as I have few things to discuss but I wanted to show him something before I actually meet him i.e. I was planning to finish chapter two – Deliberate self-harm in Malaysia: A review of literature. But, since I could not finish it on the dateline set by my own, I decided to meet him and submit that chapter later on. The fact is I was having difficulty in prioritizing which tasks to do first as it seems all important to me at this moment. I am really pleased that we have come to an agreement in regards to my thesis outlines, in which, seven chapters to work for. Three of them are from my three different studies, two for the reviews, and another two for the introduction and conclusion. When we have come to this agreement, the writing part is hoping to get easier.

My SV, Chris is quite happy with the novelty of this outline contents as well and amends it a little bit by adding some sub-topics to it. It’s perfect to me at least for now. And now I need to put some efforts in writing part as we have a great plan ahead. I told him that I wanted to publish at least one paper while completing my PhD. He was very supportive saying that he could help me with this and adding that the first step that I need to do is try to analyze my partial data that I have for my main study – The effects of implementation intentions interventions for patients with deliberate self-harm admitted in hospital. This meeting went on very well and I never felt so much comfort talking to him like this before. I just realized that he has been very helpful and encouraging in dealing with a poor-time-management-student like me.

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