10 easy ways to fail a Ph.D.

10 easy ways to fail a Ph.D.
1. Focus on grades or coursework
2. Learn too much
3. Expect perfection
4. Procrastinate
5. Go rogue too soon/too late
6. Treat Ph.D. school like school or work
7. Ignore the committee
8. Aim too low
9. Aim too high
10. Miss the real milestones

Focus on grades or coursework
No one cares about grades in grad school.

There’s a simple formula for the optimal GPA in grad school:

Optimal GPA = Minimum Required GPA + ε
Anything higher implies time that could have been spent on research was wasted on classes. Advisors might even raise an eyebrow at a 4.0

During the first two years, students need to find an advisor, pick a research area, read a lot of papers and try small, exploratory research projects. Spending too much time on coursework distracts from these objectives.

“1. Focus on grades or coursework”에서 가장 뜨끔했다.
아직 석사 과정이니까 성적을 잘 받아야할까?
분명히 교수님께서 성적을 A 정도 받으면 적당히 받는 것이라고 하셨는데…
아직은 잘 모르겠다 🙂

References :
Matt Might, 10 easy ways to fail a Ph.D., http://matt.might.net/articles/ways-to-fail-a-phd/

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