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Practical advice

Four years of graduate studies might seem like a long time. It is rather the opposite and most graduate students find that the time flies quickly. So getting some guidance early on, and keeping a close eye on your own work and the surrounding is good practice.
Here are some practical advices from persons who have thought about these issues for some time, or even are guiding PhD students as part of their profession. These essays of advice are by no means the only ones, on the contrary there are many like these “out there”. However, these could be a good start to what kind of things to think about in relation to the completion of the PhD thesis and what will be potential “success-factors”.

“Ten Simple Rules for Graduate Students”
by Jenny Gu (University of Texas, USA) and Philip E. Bourne (University of California. USA). This essay appeared in PLoS Computational Biology 2007.

These thoughts and reflections from a former student and a mentor are very much hands-on and give practical solutions to some of the problems that might appear along the way to the PhD thesis. It also highlight some specific skills that you need to acquire, not only to be good at science. Rule number 1: Let passion be the driving force of your success.

“The care and maintenance of your adviser”
by Hugh Kearns and Maria Gardiner, lecturers and researchers in psychology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. This essay appeared in Nature 2011.

This short (one page) overview gives some practical advice how the relate to and maintain a good working relationship to your supervisor, e.g. the importance of meetings. The bottom-line is summarized in the following: “This is my thesis. My name is written on the front of it. I need to become the driver.”

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