Interesting summary of what NOT to do. Came across this book today in an old issue of The Guardian (from 2002). Below is the ‘action summary’ copied from the book.
Be aware of the seven ways of not getting a PhD:
· not wanting a PhD; · overestimating what is required; · underestimating what is required; · having a supervisor who does not know what is required; · losing contact with your supervisor; · not having a ‘thesis’ (i.e. position, argument) to maintain; · taking a new job before completing.
Work to understand the implications of these traps fully in your own situation and determine not to succumb to them.
Re-establish your determination regularly when blandishments to stray from your programme of work recur.