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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: James Hayton PhD; 1 edition (15 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993174108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993174100
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
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As many do I have been struggling to get going with my PhD study. The thought of independent research is overwhelming.

Searching YouTube I found a video presentation by James, it was very inspiring and his examples rang true with me, (I'd highly recommend the YouTube video). So naturally I searched for more work by James, I came across his book the day before release and instantly pre-ordered it!

I started reading the book, which is a nice small size, 2 days ago and can't put it down, I'm only half way through but had to put this review up as the honest advice, stories and examples help to put everything into perspective. It has enthused me about my PhD again!

Seriously this is a great book, no doubt I'll be referring to it once I've finished :)

Thanks James Hayton !
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I am on my last year, feeling confused and lost, this book has motivated me a great deal. I wish I had it from the beginning of my PhD.
I extremely recommend this book to people at any stage of their PhD.
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I had previously followed James' blog and YouTube series on PhD research and found them incredibly helpful in my own PhD work. I received the book early last year after crowdfunding it through Kickstarter (I did not buy on Amazon so cannot feedback on this). The book is a helpful summation and extension of many of the themes expressed within the blog. The book's clearly written and well structured. The guidance is practical and helpful - especially if you're struggling to motivate yourself or get out of a rut. One of the best parts of this book is that it demonstrates that getting a PhD is achievable and that it clearly identifies some of the more non-subject dependent criteria for a successful thesis. This book is more orientated towards theses that fit a sciences or social science structure, for example: Intro, Lit Review, Methods, Findings, Discussion, Conclusion. Although this might put off some people who are doing a PhD in the humanities or other areas that don't follow this structure, I would still recommend this book to all. The book contains a helpful discussion of the role and nature of the PhD, sensible guidance on academic writing, and a bit of inspiration from a past PhD student who made it to the finishing line and even enjoyed (!) the writing process. These things are relevant to all PhD students and this book is a short, well written gem to accompany you through the thesis. I have already leant my copy to several people and they always find it helpful. I am in the middle of my final year and having started to use some of the guidance in this book have noticed not only how much more productive I am when I'm working.Read more ›
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For anyone considering a PhD, this is a must read book written by someone that knows. Dr Hayton explains each stage of the process in an easy to understand manner. On a personal level, I found his advice exceptionally useful. It's good to know that all the personal doubts and questions that haunt the mind are perfectly natural! It's a part of the process and cannot be avoided. After all, research is a skill that's best acquired through long experience. An excellent book!
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Possibly the best guide to the PHD, it has clarity , purpose and is easily readable making it a book that you can both study but also dip into as you go through the PHD journey. If you are thinking about doing a PHD then this will give real practical insight before you take the plunge.
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Very useful and helpful advice. I think this little volume should be read by everyone starting or doing a PhD in the physical sciences. The author's PhD was in surface science. PhDs are quite different things in different fields, and I find that many books with advice on how to do a PhD are written for the arts and humanities, and they are frankly of very limited value for any science PhD. This booklet I find invaluable, and I keep coming back to it for motivation and advice on the stage that I'm currently at. There's also a very good website by the same author.
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I found the book convenient to read, giving preparation for the research environment you might go through, especially a PhD one. All in all, there are plentiful good helpful tips you should bear in mind as doing any research, notably PhD; however, you might find tips you cannot agree with as they are the author's viewpoints.
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