The PhD Grind book review - You and your supervisor

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I’ll show you something you should be aware of when afflicting with your supervisor.

Why you should have a supervisor?

Our advisors and senior colleagues sometimes provided high-level guidance, but they rarely sat down together with us to work out all of the grimy details.

It was our job to figure out all of the intricate details required to produce results

They can’t help you do everything or even show you something step by step.

He knew how to advise me as a technical mentor and also how to craft the nuances of our paper submissions to maximize their chances of acceptance

They know how to assist you to publish your papers.

My supervisor gave high-level strategic advice from time to time.

Sometimes they have data/device resources or access to those resources.

How to handle the relationship between you and your supervisor?

Professors will often assign students to grind on risky projects with low success rates. And the students often can’t refuse, since they are funded by their advisors?

Be proactive in talking with professors to find research topics that are mutually interesting, and no matter what, don’t just hole up in isolation.

It’s your job to find a matched interest between you and your boss. If you do so, you can follow an expert’s advice to carry out your research.

I talked to Dawson about my conflicting feelings, and he was quite supportive, so I accepted the internship offer.

Even though you got a bitter argument with your supervisor, you should know it’s good for you to successfully graduate. And if you stuck someplace, you should ask for their help.


[1] Philp Guo, The PhD. Grind