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Self-discipline

Research Skills required by PhD students D5: Demonstrate self-discipline, motivation, and...

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9 March 2010

Research Skills required by PhD students D5: Demonstrate self-discipline, motivation, and thoroughness

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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.

  • Do you meet deadlines without having to be reminded?
  • Do you work to exacting standards - e.g. ensuring your writing is grammatical and well set out?
  • Do you keep effective and comprehensive records of your research progress?
  • Do you stay 'on track' of mundane administration without being nagged?
  • Can you find things easily when you need to?
  • Can you maintain a reasonable level of sustained output over time?
  • Can you follow through your plans to completion, without becoming distracted?
  • Are you prepared to 'go the extra mile' to meet a deadline?

Evidence of this skill

These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.

  • Probation assessment, annual reports and PhD thesis completed on time.
  • Probation assessment, annual reports and PhD thesis prepared thoroughly and to satisfactory standard.
  • Satisfactory standards in lab book or other record of research progress.
  • Record of 'staying on track' despite hurdles that needed to be overcome.

This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.

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