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Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time February 13, 2011

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Quoted from The Economist Dec 16th 2010

The disposable academic
Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time

Dec 16th 2010 | from PRINT EDITION

ON THE evening before All Saints’ Day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. In those days a thesis was simply a position one wanted to argue. Luther, an Augustinian friar, asserted that Christians could not buy their way to heaven. Today a doctoral thesis is both an idea and an account of a period of original research. Writing one is the aim of the hundreds of thousands of students who embark on a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) every year.
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The 7 secrets of highly successful PhD students April 2, 2010

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Rate yourself on the 7 secrets and work out what exactly you can do to improve your progress. Topics covered include dealing with your supervisor, writing, being realistic, and hanging in there when the going gets tough.

* Care and maintenance of your supervisor

* Write and show as you go: This is show and tell not hide and seek

* Be realistic: It’s not a Nobel Prize

* Say no to distractions: Even the fun ones and the ones you think you must do

* It’s a job: That means working nine to five but you get holidays

* Get help: You are not an owner-operator single person business

* You can do it: A PhD is 90% persistence and 10% intelligence


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Should NOT ask these questions to PhD student September 16, 2009

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