Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The seven secrets of highly successful PhD students

Vitae is an organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.

Their website has a number of useful resources for graduate students. One of them is a document titled "The seven secrets of highly successful PhD students". Here's my summary:

1. Keep in touch with your supervisors.
2. Write often.
3. Be realistic about your contribution and yourself (being different than your PhD).
4. Avoid distractions.
5. Treat PhD as a job.
6. Ask for help.
7. Understand it's all about persistence.

Many thanks to Dina Said who let me know about this resource.