#7PhDSecrets by Maria Gardiner and Hugh Kearns
Secret 1: The care and maintenance of your supervisor.
You have to take more initiative. Stop waiting.
Secret 2: Write and show as you go.
It’s show and tell – not hide and seek.
Secret 3: Be realistic.
It’s not a Nobel Prize.
When you are doing a PhD you are learning how to do research.
Secret 4: Say NO to distractions.
For 1 or 2 hours close the door, turn off the phone/email alerts and focus.
Secret 5: Treat it like a job.
That means working nine to five, but you get holidays. Regular routines.
Then you can have time off and not feel guilty.
Secret 6: Get help.
It’s OK to ask for help. Ask your supervisor. Your department. Other students. Support services.
Secret 7: You can do it!
A PhD is 90% persistence and 10% intelligence.
Hang in there. You can do it.