I started my doctoral research project in January 2017. Three years later, today, I finished writing the conclusion chapter of my thesis. For the past three weeks, I have been immersed in revising the discussion chapter and writing the conclusion chapter, along with intense teaching and other research activities, which proved to be tough – both mentally and physically.
But, writing the sections on the contributions, limitations and suggestions, was more enjoyable than I had expected. It gave me the opportunity to step back from the technical arguments I had described in the main part of the thesis, and to include my observation about the benefits and difficulties I had faced when conducting the research.
My next steps will be to complete the editing of the methodology, literature reviews and introduction chapter, which is likely to take another month.
A dream come true
After three years of research, I’ve finally got the opportunity to assist my supervisor in running a module in the Health Science department, which I’d really hoped for. The theme of the module is very relevant to my research, and I am delighted to have been asked to contribute to it.
Researchers like myself, who conduct interdisciplinary studies, often find ourselves dealing with a rather diverse variety of academic disciplines. In my case, my field of study involves applied linguistics, cross-cultural studies, social care and health communication. While I have gained a better understanding of health issues, my methodology mostly relies on corpus analysis. My work in these disciplines has made me think about how I could potentially fill a scientific gap in those areas, and my future directions. But it also feels very rewarding that part of my research is now being applied to another area of study – learning for future health professionals.
In addition, I have learnt so much from my experience of working with my supervisor and the module organisers and exploring how they run sessions.
My achievements in weeks 159–161
- finished revising Chapter 6
- finished writing Chapter 7
- drafted my presentation for the health module
Goals for week 162
- to edit Chapter 4