Some of the important items to be considered while pursuing a PhD have been enlisted below:
- Plan ahead: It is always the best option when undertaking anything of importance, even PhD study. If properly planned (obviously incorporating sufficient buffers for exigent circumstances beyond one’s control), research energy can be channeled appropriately and in a fruitful manner.
- Get assistance whenever required: One should never shy away from getting assistance from a peer or a senior if it improves your study in any way.
- Procedures and rules: Even though most PhD programs are straightforward as far as rules are concerned, every university has its own idiosyncrasies for their PhD courses. It is always better to mark and flag all items in the rule book to ensure that your PhD study always stays within the guidelines.
Most importantly, try and cultivate as many relationships as possible as this will help during your career.