My Masters essays are doing my head in!

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Jessi79 Mon 30-Apr-18 21:06:06

I've spent 6 weeks deliberating over one essay, had a lightbulb moment 10 days ago and wrote loads for it. Only to discover today that I've got it muddled with another essay I'm meant to be doing and I need to unravel it all - will I ever get it right? Can I stay sane whilst working, doing a PT MSc and having young children? Why did I think this was ever a good idea? Apologies, rant over. Just needed to get that off my chest!

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GuntyMcGee Mon 30-Apr-18 22:00:39

Ah masters are bloody hard, especially while working and family responsibilities.

Take a break from it, figure it where you've gone wrong, then start again. I'm sure once you've retraced and figured out where you've got muddled, you'll probably find that what you have already done can still be of use to you. Don't give up! Just step away for a short while, regroup and come back to it afresh later.

Good luck!

MarklahMarklah Mon 30-Apr-18 22:07:59

I agree with Gunty - if you take a breather I'm sure you'll find that you can use what you've already done.

When I did my Masters I used to put all similar information into paragraphs (with citations, keeping a log of all the references as I went!), then when I thought I had the bones of it, I'd print it out, chop it up and rearrange it all. At least once. Every time! I know that's not for everyone but it worked for me - it was a working method I copied from a friend.

Jessi79 Tue 01-May-18 08:31:32

ah thank you for your lovely words! I'm going to have another look later on today and I have emailed my tutor. I've also told my husband that I'm struggling a bit at the moment, which has helped. I always tell my children that 'we don't give up' so, once I've re-grouped I'll get back to it. Just reading your words of encouragement has help enormously too!

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EdwardGr Fri 18-May-18 18:04:11

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geekaMaxima Sat 19-May-18 20:23:23

@EdwardGr So you cheated in your degree by paying someone else so do some of your assignments for you? Or are you just trying to get in an ad for the essay farm you work for in the hope other cheaters will see it?

[slow hand clap]

"Resource" my ass. It's academic malpractice and is absolutely not ever ok. Ffs.

tid2018 Sat 19-May-18 20:40:18

OP I feel your pain. Sounds like the work you've done is not wasted though if it can be used for another essay. Take a break, read the question, list some thoughts, set out a general structure then come back to it when you have time. I have done a PhD with a child- not easy, but I found that using any free time ( e.g waiting rom of ballet class!) even 30 minutes, get your laptop out and whack a few words in. All adds up. Good luck!

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