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      Six basic rules to help doctoral students pave their way through PhD research

      Proceedings of the 33rd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (BCS HCI 2020)
      Human Computer Interaction
      6 July 2020
      Doctoral training, postgraduate education, PhD mentoring, PhD research, research methods


            This paper presents six simple guidelines or rules to help doctoral researchers in their PhD studies. The six rules could be used as part of an induction to a PhD programme or as a supplement to a research mentoring programme. The six rules are as follows: 1) research something that you are naturally interested in, 2) start where you are and set yourself up for progress, 3) know the landscape before deciding where to plant a tree, 4) do not be afraid of being a polymath and at least be a philomath, 5) focus on questions, not just answers, and 6) always think about the limitations and biases in your research. I also take the opportunity to share some of my favourite maxims and quotes to help support these rules.


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            July 2020
            July 2020
            : 15-22
            [0001]School of Computing, Ulster University, UK
            © Bond. Published by BCS Learning & Development. Proceedings of the BCS HCI Doctoral Consortium 2020. Keele University, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Proceedings of the 33rd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            BCS HCI 2020
            Keele University, UK
            6 July 2020
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCI20DC.3
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            postgraduate education,Doctoral training,research methods,PhD mentoring,PhD research


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