The Social Metwork blog from Reading’s Department of Meteorology also has some good advice.
“What I wished I knew at the start of my PhD” – here are some top tips from current students and Scenario alumni:
- Talk to as many people as you can, ask as many questions as you can think of, even if you think they are stupid
- Be pro-active: If your supervisors don’t organise a group meeting in the first semester, organise that meeting!
- All research is different – don’t compare your work to others’
- Start with good habits and stick to them – keep good notes, log what you’ve read, use version control on your code – it’ll save you time in the end
- Make the most of opportunities at the beginning of your PhD – you’ll be too busy at the end!
- Start writing early
- Year 1 is a bit scoping exercise.. don’t worry if you don’t feel you’re achieved much my the end of it
- It’s important to have a plan and targets from the beginning in order to stay on track.
- Do all the fun things!
Dr Emma Hellawell, Daphne Jackson Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, has given some good advice to new students as part of our Induction programme – read it here.