Do you want to thrive in your doctoral research? Do you want to do more than just survive? If so this is the book for you. Focused on empowering the doctoral researcher, it is packed with advice on how to make the best of opportunities and enjoy your research experience while dealing with challenges. Whether you need to find sources of constructive feedback, are facing an unexpected disturbance to your project, or have ambitions beyond your academic goals, this book provides practical, flexible tips for conducting effective research and engaging with the complex world of academia, including how to: • Maintain momentum through each stage of the research process • Make the most of available resources, training, and support • Explore new technologies, networks, and dissemination strategies • Maximize the value of assessment • Use this project as a springboard into further research and career opportunities Acknowledging that every doctoral experience is unique, this book goes beyond a script for success and instead offers a full studio of flexible, creative tools and adaptable action points that equip you to compose your own distinctive story of research success.

How Can You Make a Good Start?

In this chapter, we will consider how to:

  • Prepare for new roles
  • Research your supervisor and department/school
  • Develop good habits and work routines
  • Contact potential supporters
  • Identify resource sources
  • Read and begin writing
  • Review your expectations
  • Prepare a plan

The scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell is reported to have said, ‘Before anything else, preparation is the key to success,’ whilst the great teacher and philosopher Confucius taught that, ‘success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure’. Although more than two thousand years separate Confucius from Bell, they both recognised the same vital principal, which is that good ‘prep’ (as chefs say), or preparation, would seem to be an essential ingredient for success in most things, and this is ...

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