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Progressing Towards Degree Completion

The tabs below link to several resources that may help you as you plan to complete a graduate degree program and to maintain steady and timely progress. Different people have different strategies and approaches that work for them – explore some of the ideas and insights that individuals have found effective and see what works for you.

Student Resources:Planning

Finding a Partner for Your PhD (AAAS, 2009) - Tips for evaluating graduate programs to find the right match. Geared to science programs but also useful for other program areas..

Handbook of Graduate Supervision. University of British Columbia Faculty of Graduate Studies - This is written more for the student than the supervisor.

Planning Your Doctorate: Schedule for Success - Includes a yearly calendar put together by VITAE, a Cambridge, UK-based organization “championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.”

What They Don’t Teach You in Graduate School - A no-nonsense article by Paul Gray and David E. Drew from Inside Higher Ed (2005).

Student Resources: Finishing in a Timely Manner

The Balanced Researcher - Advice on time management, delegating, making time for writing and more from VITAE.

21 Rules of Getting Your PhD Done Quickly (2012) - University of Central Lancashire, UK Nanotechnology & Nanomedicine Group.

Tips for PhD Students - General information and basic tips from a group of PhD students from Utrecht University, Holland.