Confessions of a researchaholic

June 13, 2013

How to fail your graduate study like an undergrad

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:36 pm
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You think GPA is important and spend time boosting your grades.

You think research is as deterministic and well-defined as courses.

You wait to be told what to do rather than figure out your own way.

You think you are working for your adviser rather than yourself.

Instead of work continuously, you let external factors (e.g. holiday and semester breaks) disrupt your flow.

You do not read every paper in the top venues of your fields especially during your first few years.

You try to read and understand every paper completely like textbooks.

You feel that deadline 3 months later is still far away.

You believe you are smart enough so that you do not have to work as hard as others.


  1. Strongly agree with every item! Maybe one more add-on: you read too much but spend little time on really doing research or solving problems. I have just realized this recently from one case nearby.

    Comment by Chongyang Ma — June 14, 2013 @ 10:22 am | Reply

    • Good point. Added. The two points are actually opposite. I will let them ask questions. 🙂

      Comment by liyiwei — June 14, 2013 @ 10:29 am | Reply

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