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Useful Tips

There are lots of advises for PhD students for how to be a good graduate student. Some of the most common advises are:

  • Avoid perfectionism: "Good enough" is better than "Perfect".
  • Don't find excuses: Don't do too many other important things.
  • Don't aim too high: A PhD does not have to enable cold fusion.
  • Don't wait for your supervisor to tell you what to do.
  • Stay motivated, especially in middle years.
  • Get feedback: talk to colleagues about your problems.
  • Become part of a research community: Attend conferences, ...
  • Exercise regularly: The energy you get compensates the time lost; keep the balance.


You may find some more details in the below links:

Tips for PhD students

How to be a good graduate student

10 easy ways to fail a PhD

How to fail a PhD (Monash University)

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