Six basic rules to help doctoral students pave their way through PhD research

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Abstract

This paper presents six simple guidelines or rules to help doctoral researchers in their PhD studies. The six rules could be used as part of an induction to a PhD programme or as a supplement to a research mentoring programme. The six rules are as follows: 1) research something that you are naturally interested in, 2) start where you are and set yourself up for progress, 3) know the landscape before deciding where to plant a tree, 4) do not be afraid of being a polymath and at least be a philomath, 5) focus on questions, not just answers, and 6) always think about the limitations and biases in your research. I also take the opportunity to share some of my favourite maxims and quotes to help support these rules.
Original languageEnglish
Pages15-22
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020
Event33rd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference -
Duration: 6 Jul 2020 → …

Conference

Conference33rd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
Period6/07/20 → …

Keywords

  • PHD SUPERVISION
  • Doctoral training
  • mentoring
  • postgraduate education
  • research methods

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