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However, not everyone in the workshop has had such positive experiences;I felt sorry for some of the people who have had tough time. I did have difficulties during my PhD not due to supervision I received but due to my own personal circumstances, for example caring for baby twins.
Participants listed things that they thought would be helpful had they known it earlier. From my notes I am noting them here hoping that someone will benefit from them.
Start writing early
Use your time off
There is nothing called criticism it is all feedback
It is not Nobel prize - it is an apprenticeship
Having right resources
Time spent planning is never wasted
You don't have to do it - if you don't want to
It is OK to disagree with supervisor
You never actually finish it - learn to write up - it is good enough
Think hard about disagreeing with supervisor (you may have missed the point)
PhD isn't the end
First chapter will be full of red ink