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Set up for success

You are about to start your climb up the research mountain. It is going to be an exciting, exhilarating and meaningful journey. Like the mountain climber, if you prepare well in advance, if you are fit, take appropriate equipment, have a good map and guide, you are likely to reach the summit and to do so in the best possible way.

Here are some simple guidelines that can help you set up good structures and pack your bag of important and relevant equipment so that you feel well prepared for an enjoyable climb.

In the first instance it is important to identify your own reasons for wanting this research degree. Understanding your personal goals defines the best path to the summit. One way to achieve your goals in the available time is to become a good project manager. Develop structures to manage your time, your work, your space and also your information.

We have also developed an interactive program, the Tracka, to help you track your personal research journey and measure your own progress repeatedly along the way to the summit.

As you start climbing the research mountain, identify your personal strengths, understand and know yourself, so that you can maximise your past learning and personal qualities and then you can build and develop your personal capacities in ways and in areas where you feel you need more expertise or more guidance. For example, you may need to develop particular research skills.

Like a real mountain climber, you will not know what all the terrain is going to look like in advance; there will be some easy and some difficult patches. Meaningful learning can be an emotional experience, with highs and lows. The better equipped you are, the more enjoyable the challenge will be.

Because this research degree is going to take up a lot of time, energy and resources, you want to ensure that the experience offers what you are seeking, that you enjoy the process, and simultaneously prepare for life after the thesis, so that you maximise the desired outcomes.

Prepare for success - Enjoy the process and the product!

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