PhD – I think I can do this!

Written when I was – Currently working on revising Prospectus. Framing things in terms of things I already accomplished is helpful, When I was preparing to take a 6 hr comprehensive exam, I approached it like preparing to teach two 3 hr classes! So, writing and revising a prospectus is like working on the Comprehensive Exam proposals. And each chapter of the Dissertation is more or less like a paper and also like a comp exam. My goal was to prepare 6 weeks for each comprehensive exam. So if I approach writing each chapter of my dissertation like preparing and taking a comprehensive exam, I think I can do this!

advice & tips on prospectus defense preparation:

I wrote this up for a friend who is defending his prospectus soon. So sharing it here. This is what I did or how I would prepare if I were doing it again…

I jotted down reflections to the following questions in my journal.

Be prepared to say –

  1. if/as you feel important, give very brief description of the way you came to your topic,
  2. why your topic or question is important to address
  3. how the way you intend to answer questions is valuable and necessary, i.e., your contribution is unique and that it is necessary for the discipline.