#SSP Dissertation Worries


#1

So basically, I haven’t got my mark back yet, but I’ve been re-reading my dissertation… and I’ve noticed that out of 12,000 words, there are 3-4 grammatical mistakes in there which I’ve overlooked. And there’s also an extra blank page in the references section which I forgot to get rid of. Oops.

Will markers judge this harshly? Other than that, the writing is generally pretty good and everything’s well referenced (which I usually suck at, but this time I actually paid close attention to the referencing guide), but I’m worried these few mistakes will cost me dear.

Am I over-worrying?


#2

yes


#3

Yes.

When I re-read my thesis just before my viva (after a 6 month break) - I noticed at least 2 mistakes on every page (and there was 500 pages!). The examiners obviously noticed, but it was fine. It’s not really what they’re marking you on.


#4

Youre not going to get a fail for 3 mistakes out of 1200


#5

My dissertation was fucking nonsense and i still somehow got a 2:1


#6

read my dissertation again a few months ago, and the whole thing is absolute nonsense, right down to the argument at its core. multiple grammatical mistakes too.

2:1


#7

in my experience, they’ll take a percentage or two off for clumsy formatting and typos but that’s it

my masters thesis was a complete mess - the tables I’d made for the info about the participants completely collapsed and all their names and details were all messed up. full of typos. still got a high distinction.

depends on the institution but basically you’re completely fine and it’s content that matters


#8

btw I’m meant to submit 15,000 words tomorrow and I’ve done 4,000 so far :sunglasses:


#9

My dissertations didn’t even have arguments in the end, they were just thousands of nice sounding words. And I did great You’ll be fine.


#10

My dissertation was just pictures of fabrege eggs


#11

Just get a Boss DS-1


#12

My dissertation was just a printout of the good ship thread from old DiS and it ended up getting published in several academic journals


#13

Guess it depends on how bad the mistakes are.

I accidentally put an indefinite article next to a plural :fearful:

And accidentally repeated a couple of phrases which appear next to each other in the same sentence (I guess a bit like Balonz’s penisdarkness thing or whatever that was).


#14

Did any of you do English though? Cos command of English is one of the key parts of the marking criteria.

The more I read my dissertation, the more mistakes I’m noticing :fearful:


#15

Nothing you can do now dont worry


#16

So far I’ve noticed about… 6 mistakes?

I’m really fucking terrified. I need to get at least a fairly decent mark in this (nothing super amazing, not aiming for a 1st or anything).


#17

Yes, well, English and philosophy, you’ll be fine. and if you won’t, reading it repeatedly looking for minor errors isn’t going to help anyway


#18

yeah you might as well put it away and just wait for your mark to come back at this point


#19

So basically (and again, I’m veering into borderline panic mode), are you all now saying there’s a chance I might have fucked this up a tiny bit? (because it’s English)


#20

no i’m saying there is absolutely no point in thinking about it and reading it back now instead of just putting it aside until you find out what you’ve got