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WORKING ON YOUR THESIS RESEARCH AND STAYING MOTIVATED Sheila Tejada Wednesday, October 10, 2001. Challenges of working on the thesis. At least a year to finish thesis – how to manage my time? Thesis avoidance What if experiments don’t go the way you expect? When do I stop research?

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WORKING ON YOUR THESIS RESEARCH AND STAYING MOTIVATEDSheila TejadaWednesday, October 10, 2001


Challenges of working on the thesis

  • At least a year to finish thesis – how to manage my time?

  • Thesis avoidance

  • What if experiments don’t go the way you expect?

  • When do I stop research?

  • Writing the thesis

    • Combining notes, technical reports, papers into a thesis draft

    • Creating a detailed, coherent story

    • Might need to rerun experiments to make them consistent


The Grad Student's Lament(Courtesy of Ben Smith)

  • "I'm stuck. I must be an idiot. I'm just not cut out for research.“

    • Most people I've talked to have felt this way from time to time - research is hard!

  • "I'm a genius! My research is the greatest thing since the Turing machine!""I'm an idiot. My research is obvious, irrelevant, and trivial.“

    • This manic/depressive cycle is apparently quite common, even among Nobel Laureates.

  • "I don't feel like I'm making any real progress."

  • "How come I'm the only one having so much trouble?"


Getting Feedback

  • You probably are making progress, but just can't see it.

  • Get feedback as a reality check

  • Talk to others about your research

    • Advisors

    • Graduate students

    • Committee members

    • Write papers/Conferences


Time Management

  • Make a to-do list with deadlines

    • Know that it will change as things get added

  • Prioritize your to-do list

  • Find the time of day when you work the best

  • Taking breaks to recharge and tackle next the problem


Staying Motivated

  • Finishing the thesis is like running a marathon that lasts over a year

  • Make progress everyday

    • No matter how small

  • Reward yourself for accomplishments


Conclusions

  • Finishing the thesis has many challenges

  • You’re not alone

    • Get feedback

  • You’re running a marathon

    • Pace yourself

  • Look at the bigger picture


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