10 mistakes doctoral students make

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Prof. Dr. Varun Grover's article "10 Mistakes Doctoral Students Make in Managing their Program" is being presented to Yeditepe University Ph.D. Students by Dr. Ozgur ZAN.

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10 mistakes doctoral students make

  1. 1. “10 Mistakes Doctoral Students Make in Managing their Program”<br />(Article of Prof. Varun Grover, University of South Carolina)<br />except Ph.D. Students of Yeditepe University<br />Prepared by : Dr. Ozgur ZAN<br />16 May 2010 – Vector Study Group<br />
  2. 2. Which characteristic better differentiates <br />successful from unsuccessful students?<br />Prof. Grover’s answer:<br />“a minimum threshold of both is needed.”<br />
  3. 3. Doctoral Students Do Not Create Synergy<br />
  4. 4. “creating a synergy between course projects that require a research paper can facilitate the creation of better products”<br />Doctoral Students Do Not Create Synergy<br />
  5. 5. Yeditepe University Ph.D. Students Do Create Synergy<br />
  6. 6. Sensitivity Training<br />Yeditepe University Ph.D. Students Do Create Synergy<br />
  7. 7. YUVAM Workshops <br />Yeditepe University Ph.D. Students Do Create Synergy<br />
  8. 8. After Qualifier Exam<br />Yeditepe University Ph.D. Students Do Create Synergy<br />
  9. 9. Natural Consequence of Synergy<br />Yeditepe University Ph.D. Students Do Create Synergy<br />
  10. 10. Continous Synergy<br />Yeditepe University Ph.D. Students Do Create Synergy<br />
  11. 11. Doctoral Students Are Too Reactive<br />
  12. 12. <ul><li> Doctoral Students need to recognize early on that they are in charge of their program
  13. 13. Students who go through the program in reactive mode by merely reacting to program requirements tend to get less out of their doctoral education than students who are proactive</li></ul>Doctoral Students Are Too Reactive<br />
  14. 14. Doctoral Students Do Not Carefully Evaluate <br />Opporunity Costs<br />
  15. 15. <ul><li> Every opportunity should be evaluated strategically.
  16. 16. Does this (new) project contribute to my doctoral education?</li></ul>Doctoral Students Do Not Carefully Evaluate <br />Opporunity Costs<br />
  17. 17. Doctoral Students Fall into a Lull Period<br />
  18. 18. <ul><li> After successfully going through the stress and the psychological hurdle of comprehensive exams, students feel relieved and take a month off. That month becomes two, then three months and etc.
  19. 19. Tremendous start-up costs in every interaction</li></ul>Doctoral Students Fall into a Lull Period<br />
  20. 20. Doctoral Students Do Not Manage <br />Their Advisor<br />
  21. 21. <ul><li> Do not go into a meeting with an open-ended question that have not thought through.
  22. 22. Insead, go in prepared with the issues, their possible solutions and solitic advisor’s advice...
  23. 23. Never hide from your advisor. </li></ul>(It is a pathological behaviour that students indulge in, particularly if they cannot deliver on a project).<br />Doctoral Students Do Not Manage <br />Their Advisor<br />
  24. 24. Doctoral Students Do Not Seek Help<br />
  25. 25. <ul><li> Students try to resolve the problem their own means rather than ask for guidance which can save hours of fruitless work.
  26. 26. Even an e-mail to someone whose article uses the same technique can compress the frustration cycle.</li></ul>Doctoral Students Do Not Seek Help<br />
  27. 27. <ul><li> Students should use the time in their program to build their personal value as a co-author
  28. 28. If I work on a project, what do I bring to the table?
  29. 29. Can I cultivate those skills while in the program?
  30. 30. Students who do not build an asset base tend to be “followers”</li></ul>Doctoral Students Do Not Build an Asset Base<br />
  31. 31. Doctoral Students Are Too Ambitious<br />
  32. 32. <ul><li> “The best dissertation is a done dissertation”
  33. 33. Narrow down topics into a project that is not only interesting and relevant, but also defensible and feasible.</li></ul>Doctoral Students Are Too Ambitious<br />
  34. 34. Doctoral Students Are Not Politically Astute<br />
  35. 35. <ul><li> Do not enter into a “no-win” situation
  36. 36. Be friendly, receptive and responsive to faculty.</li></ul>Doctoral Students Are Not Politically Astute<br />
  37. 37. <ul><li> A disseration with one-month of pending work on-site, sometimes takes months o even years off-site.</li></ul>Doctoral Students Leave Too Early<br />

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