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Tips for the Starting-Out Dissertator
I was going through some old PhD working papers recently, and found this list of tips. I wrote it eight months into my twelve-month qualifying program.
Let me explain that. In order to be accepted into a PhD program, I had to show that I was capable of doing and reporting research. Hence, I enrolled in a “qualifying program” which consisted of doing research on a smallish topic, and writing up the results. It was the equivalent of an Honours thesis (which I had never done, hence the requirement to do it this way), except it was a full year program (most Honours theses, in my experience, in reality take six months). My potential supervisor did not know if I could do research at the level required of a doctorate, but graciously allowed me to do this program anyway, to prove it one way or the other.
These tips were written under the heading: What I've Learnt So Far
All these tips are equally relevant to honours, masters and doctoral degrees. If I was doing my PhD again, I would type up these tips, frame them, and put them on the wall above my work desk. I would also laminate them and put them around the house: the bedroom mirror, the bathroom mirror, the fridge, the back of the toilet door. In other words, I would keep them in the forefront of my brain at all times. They are important.
By the way, I proved that I could do research at doctoral level. I got the PhD!
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