What motivates you to spend the next 2, 3, or 4 years working in research.
Know what your advisor expects. Know what you&#x2019;re here to achieve.
- "release early, release often" [open source mantra] - as in have a draft early and show it to both supervisor and whoever has decision-making power re accepting the thesis for the viva - and if you can be productive and have priorities right over all, that's important too
Overall, good luck on your journey.
Induction Day 2010 Advice: Getting What You Came for in graduate school
Postgrad is not undergrad
• Know what ‘counts’
• what your advisor expects
• why you’re really here
• what the department values
• what counts as research in your ﬁeld
• Get organised:You can’t rely soly on your class cohort.
• Personalities matter. Make sure you can work with
your advisor and your committee.
Working with your advisor
• Meet regularly; generally once a week.
• Discuss what you want from your degree program.
• Set clear goals, with ﬁxed deadlines.
• Ask for regular feedback.
• Agree on your responsibilities, and your advisor’s.
• Merit your advisor’s good opinion.
• You are not just an acolyte, but also a collaborator.
• Know what’s expected of you.
• Don’t expect your advisor to have a grand
plan: it’s up to you to ensure there is a plan.
• Goals, deadlines, progress measures.
• Time management.
• Critical path analysis.
Understand the department
• What is the typical service requirement?
• How soon and how often should you publish?
• Get to know people, inside & outside your
• Be nice to admin staff!
• Get the gossip: older students can be really
helpful, if they want to be.
• Who can you go to sort out problems?
• What are the graduation requirements?
Track the research
• Know the good conferences & journals.
• Track cites. (The library can show you!)
• Start reading these papers now, even before
you have papers to submit.
• Use RSS feeds to follow journals and blogs.
• Find the community (prof orgs, mailing lists)
• Use the library (ILL, off-campus access, 1-1 help)
Track research ideas
• Always be writing (helps formulate ideas!)
• introduction and literature review
• research diary
• mindmapping and outlining
• “Release” early and often: get feedback
from your GRC