- File Size: 2138 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0993174108
- Publisher: James Hayton PhD; 1 edition (April 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VXXSTYW
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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His thoughts on skill development during a PhD are probably the best part of the book, as are his perspectives on what earning a PhD actually means rather than what people often imagine it to mean. He gently disagrees with some ideas like writing garbage and fixing it later and offers alternatives. Many of the other ideas he shares are not new per se (e.g., cut off internet access), but he wraps them together in a slim and accessible volume. The first two-thirds of the book cover bigger-picture issues like research, academic literature, academic writing, publishing, and conferences. The final third of the book focuses specifically on writing a dissertation or thesis, building on earlier ideas in the book.
The book suffers from a handful of editing mishaps - an irony considering Hayton's insistence on relatively careful writing and the editing process - and it was much less comprehensive than other books in this genre. I think the US $30 list price was a bit of a stretch considering it's a small short book with very wide margins, but it's certainly worth US $13 if you are pursuing a PhD.
Although many of them seem common sense, people, including me, overlook them when facing tons of information under time pressure.
Also, the book answers several questions I used to have in mind but didn't know who I should consult with.
I had no real idea of what an oral defence entailed, for example, and was concerned about that aspect of the process. I now have a far better idea of it as well as a solid approach that could be used.
The book is structured in a linear way, with clear examples. The author is an experimental physicist, yet this is not obtrusive. His writing, in plain language, is equally applicable to any other discipline.
Highly recommended as a starting point if you are considering treading this path.