9 ways to solve 90% of your PhD problems

๐Ÿ. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค: When you put your blood and sweat into it, you will be rewarded. The same goes true for PhD. Hard work always pays off. It’s not easy but it’s worth it – this you will find out after successfully completing a solid PhD.

๐Ÿ. ๐ƒ๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค: Working is when you are productive – writing a paper, analyzing data, preparing a presentation, etc. Thinking about work is when you are worried but not productive. It just creates an illusion of work. When it’s time to work, work, and when it’s time to enjoy, forget about work.

๐Ÿ‘. ๐ˆ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: PhD requires good focus. Anything that goes into your head and negatively distracts you, remove them. This could be a person in your surrounding, a social media platform, or an activity. You can do good research when you are happy and focused.

๐Ÿ’. ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: PhD is to be completed in a specific period of time. Don’t wait for perfect outcomes – be that a paper, the outcome of an experiment, or a presentation. Have it in decent shape, discuss it with your supervisors, and get it out such as submission to a journal.

PhD students โ€” How to 10x your PhD productivity?

๐Ÿ“. ๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ข๐๐ž๐š๐ฅ:ย  My PhD topic is not good, my dataset is not good, and the reviewers are not good. Understand that it’s never going to be ideal. Champions are the ones who win despite hurdles – be a champion.

๐Ÿ”. ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ:ย Succes in PhD is often defined by a paper acceptance or thesis clearance. This means only 4-5 moments of success. So, from where you will get motivation? You should cherish small achievements such as getting good results from an experiment, your work getting cited, receiving appraisal for your idea, and so on.

7. ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ: Don’t look for a perfect research gap. Start your research and you will figure it out on the way. Don’t pick dead topics. It’s easy to find which topics are dead. One way is to check the last 3 years’ proceedings of top conferences and journals. If there are no papers on the topic, it is a red signal.

8. ๐”๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ฑ: Seek concrete feedback from your supervisors. Learn how they modify your paper draft or slides. Ask explicit questions – should I use method X or Y for data analysis and why?

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9. ๐๐ก๐ƒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž, ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž: Don’t overburden yourself with PhD activities. Keep a good balance. If you are happy and healthy, it will contribute to your PhD too. So, be happy and make others around you feel the same.

Writer: Faheem Ullah
Assistant Professor
Computer Science, Australia

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