Author: corwinolson

Four Pillars: Exercise

For the next few weeks we’ll shift our focus to more general productivity fundamentals, which can help you in a wide variety of areas within a graduate program. There are what I like to call “Four Pillars” that are key

Tips on Performing a Literature Review

Focus on relevant journal papers, textbook chapters, and to a lesser extent conference papers. Odds are you will learn more of what you need for your research from these sources than your graduate classes. Textbooks tend to be more polished

Biggest Mistakes Made By PhD Students

What are the biggest mistakes made by PhD students? Well, there are too many to try to list in a single article, but there are some general themes. And in fact, they align well with the mistakes described in many

Finding a Research Topic Vs Doing the Research

One common question among new and prospective graduate students: “Is identifying a research topic harder than doing the research and then writing papers / your dissertation PhD dissertation?” The answer to this question very often depends on your source of

Research Experience for a PhD

One question I hear frequently from folks who are considering grad school: “How do I get research experience for a PhD?” “Well,” I reply, “it depends on what you mean by “research experience”.” Do you mean “How do I get

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