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heleninwales
Not quite as finished as I thought it was
After having a lovely day out yesterday thinking that the dissertation was finished, I came back to find half a dozen pages of corrections that needed doing. Lots are merely typos, for example:

...a quarter of the student felt that the method was working...

I mean, I've heard of being in two minds, but this poor person must have been in four minds about the class! :)

Current Mood: busy just want this bloody thing finished

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carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: June 2nd, 2011 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Commiserations. Home straight, though, right? :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 3rd, 2011 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
All done now and the final copy printed out. I'm sure there will be a few more typos in there (there are always more typos!), but I'm pretty confident that I've caught the vital ones, like the missing "not" that totally altered the meaning of the sentence.
ellarien From: ellarien Date: June 2nd, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are always more typos; this is a fundamental law of the universe. Taking a break and coming back to it with fresh eyes does help to bring more of them to light.

I did my PhD in the early days of word-processing, before spell-checkers, and went through the thing over and over, the old-fashioned way. The examiners still found half a dozen I'd missed, including one instance of 'uppper' which I had a hard time seeing even when it was pointed out to me.

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 3rd, 2011 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure there will be a few more typos in there, as you say, there are always more typos! But I'm pretty confident that I've caught the vital ones, like the missing "not" that totally altered the meaning of the sentence.
green_knight From: green_knight Date: June 2nd, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you *ever* met a student who was fully present in class? Half of them was probably on Facebook, while the rest wondered what's for dinner...

Nearly there. Well done!
aulus_poliutos From: aulus_poliutos Date: June 2nd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was either doing homework for another class or writing War and Peace fanfiction. ;)

After all, the teacher had to repeat everything a dozen times until the last idiot finally pretended to get it. Of course, I was bored senseless most of the time.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 3rd, 2011 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
These particular students were adults and the teaching methods in the class don't allow much opportunity for minds so wander, so I think most of them were actually pretty focused on what was going on. Of course in school it's a totally different matter.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 3rd, 2011 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, in this case the students were adults and the teaching methods in the class don't allow much opportunity for minds to wander, so though you're probably right about school kids or students sitting in a lecture, I think most of these particular students were pretty focused on what was going on.

[Gah! Took two goes to correct a silly typo. Sorry.]

Edited at 2011-06-03 10:34 am (UTC)
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