How To Survive Your PhD

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Completing A PhD

Choosing to take on a Ph.D. is a big commitment that will challenge you both academically and physically. There is a lot of hard work involved. And often people question whether they are crazy to put earning good money on hold for the three years it takes to complete ph.D. However, the rewards can be humongous. Becoming an academic will stand you in good stead for a lifetime of intellectual and industry research roles. It also means you can participate in revolutionary research and gain advanced knowledge in your chosen subject. So if you have chosen to become an academic expert in your field, read on for some tips on how to survive a Ph.D.

Chat Before Choosing

Did you have enjoyed taking on mountains of complex autonomous research in your undergraduate studies? If so, you may be the perfect candidate for a Ph.D. The majority of your academic work will be independent. Therefore you are likely to have to submit a research proposal before being accepted onto a doctorate. Take our time to think carefully before choosing your subject. You will have to conduct cutting edge, unique and noteworthy research to your chosen field or subject. So to survive your Ph.D. you need to choose a subject where you can offer something significant and original. Don’t necessarily choose your favorite subject but do choose one that interests you. Just because you enjoy a subject, doesn’t mean there is enough scope for new research. Chat to others who have completed their doctorates, so they can help guide you. Also talk to the program’s tutors who will be happy to offer advice. Make sure your subject offers original and valuable contributions to research and development. And try and choose something that is manageable rather than over the top.

Socialise With Students

A lot of your time doing a P.h.D. will consist of you bent over a book, crouched in a library or huddled over a notebook or laptop. But to survive this stressful three years, it’s important to get out there and socialize with other in the same situation too. Joining a sports group will help relieve the pressure of stress when the going gets tough. And hanging out with fellow students means you can get fresh perspectives on how they approach their work too.

Get Organised

Organisation is going to become your best friend for obvious reasons. You’ll be given assignments from the get go, and from the start, you will also have your thesis at the back of your mind. Organize your time regarding different modules, deadlines, and exams. To succeed in a Ph.D., you’ll need a combination of creativity, rationality, intellect and discipline. So always keep this in check. For assignments and your thesis, always make sure to use essay proofreading services to make sure there are no errors in your documents. Grammatical errors can lose you that first class honors.

Last Essential Tips

Always lean on your supervisor for asking questions and gaining knowledge. Never underestimate how much data you will have to collect so start collecting from day one. If you get tired of writing and typing, use a dictaphone or voice recognition software such as Dragon. Publish frequently throughout your Ph.D. Lots of post-doc positions go on how much work you have had published. Write a lot to hone your skills before even attempting to start your thesis. Oh, and spend the next three years working your butt off for a bright future ahead in the post-doc world!