How to do PhD Research

Tips for doing PhD Research

Here I am mentioning tips on how to do research during your PhD in an effective way. Researching a topic requires some preliminary efforts that which binds all information for a better outcome of research paper. These are some tips on quality research.

  1. Research and write a short notes on each topic while doing your PhD.
  2. Read research journals twice or thrice for a better understanding
  3. Watch Online Videos about your PhD topic.
  4. Create a Visual in the mind about your research topic.
  5. Discuss with someone about your PhD research for progressive thoughts.
  6. Write all the main ideas of the research.

Cover all topics while researching

Try to learn in a day by touching all the PhD related topics little by little rather than only one subject in a day or a week. If you do this, you will get good research ideas about every topic. If you have 10 research journals or topics to study, then study bit of everything. This will also build confidence that you are not lacking in any subject. This way will boost your other personality levels. Another reason is that if you study same topic or subject through out the day then our brain will confuse about same information feeding and will lead to boredom. 

STM to LTM

All what you have read first goes to short term memory. It may not enter into long term memory all of a sudden. So you must make sure to find solution for this problem. STM information can be forgotten after some time or partially you can remember. To beat this you have to do periodic research revision on your PhD topics. Revision at regular intervals takes the information to the long term memory. How long you must revise? 

Revision 1 must be as soon as you learn the new information while researching PhD journals. That is after 24 hours of learning.  If you learn new information today, the tomorrow you have to revise as a part of first revision.

Revision 2  must happen after 3 days from first research revision. That is if you revise on May 11 , give a gap of 3 days and revise  second time on May 15.

Revision 3: Give a gap of 7 days from previous PhD research revision

Revision 4: after a gap of 21 days

Revision 5: after 30 days

Revision 6: 45 days

Revision 7: 60 days

Seating Position while doing PhD research

Your seating posture is crucial while reading and researching PhD journal papers. Rennels and Chaudary in 1988 studied this and concluded about the percentage of learning over seating.

It may not be possible to sit when every one wants to sit. But you can do it if you are the only one who is inspired with this article. The reasons are 1. you can listen more clear and see board. 

Avoid multi efforts along with researching

Do you watch TV and at the same time do PhD research? Do you whats app and research? Do you text messages and chat and study? Do you browse your interests and study? Never while studying do these things along with studying. This will drop your concentration levels. While Studying just study and not more than this. Now a days many study using mobiles but in the middle of the time they are tempted to do other things. So try to avoid putting multi effort tasking. 

Reduce Big to Small

Reduce all the information so big and essay type to small. This is called summarizing in English. Try to learn about a topic in short first. Do try to learn bit by bit. This method will help you to get better idea on any topic or subject. 

Testing your research

Try to test yourself with online exams or mock test or sample test. If all these are not available you test your knowledge by asking question to yourself. While you sleep reflect about one topic that you have read and sleep. 

Read aloud sometimes the journal paper.

Sometimes reading loud will really put you into ease learning. Try sometime reading loud some difficult topics and also try to teach what you have learned by imagining someone is listening to you. Feel that some crowd is in front of you and speak. If you have seen the movie CAST AWAY, you will know this how to speak abstract out of nothing. 

Underline main ideas while researching

Try to underline main research points with pen whatever you study. This way you can learn 20% more. 

Take a research Leave in your PhD

You can take research leave after some hard work. May be after two weeks of study, take a break of 2 days as a break before doing again PhD research.

Reward your research work at the end of the day

At the end of the day of PhD research, try to reward your body and brain with some special thing like eating healthy snack or going out for a short walk or watching your favorite TV channel. Or browsing internet etc. So if you reward yourself at the end of the day you will learn fast. 

Knowledge based – Not marks based

You have do PhD research for the sake of the knowledge because if you study for marks then you cannot really learn or remember. So leave thinking about marks and read the subject as it comes to you for the sake of knowledge and appreciation about that topic.

Brain and Water

Brain works smarter and better in your PhD course if it gets enough right process of working. If you are dehydrated then you brain does not function properly which leads to poor learning. Do not wait till you feel thirsty. Take water enough of 9 glasses in a day. This will help you to learn fast.

Exercise your Body along with research work

Are you doing exercise after your heavy research work? Your blood circulation must be improved. For this you have to exercise. So that you have alert mind and soul. This helps in studying good. Continue reading on how to study smart

Train your sleep timings

Always maintain your sleep time same every night. Do not change your sleep time because of some PhD research works. This will put you into sleepy while studying. So it is not important how long you slept but how qualitatively you slept is very important. If you have sound sleep for 5 hours is as equal to the normal sleep of 9 hours. So it is quality of sound sleep rather than time factor.

Choline

Boston University conducted research on 1500 students for a period of 10 years and noticed that those students who eat diet rich in choline performed better in memory tests. Chicken and eggs contain lot choline ( Choline is responsible for the formation of memories) For vegetarians, Almonds, Cabbage, Cauliflower are other sources of Choline. 

Finally be interested doing a PhD research

You must show interest to what your read. With out which you cannot really come up with success. All trails will fail. Try to show interest with the subject or the topic or the course that you are studying otherwise you cannot really enjoy success in your life.

PhD research is a hard thing for any student. Though we have interest in studying, sometimes we become lazy. This laziness will lead to not to study in the long run. I have some options here to analyze some best ways to research in your PhD on any subject effectively and systematically. There are many ways to study a subject. But we may not know some best ways of studying.

Do you like the subject which you research? Otherwise it is difficult. If you do not have interest and likeness, you must try for that. Go in front of the mirror and say to yourself. “English I like you” So this is the first best way to study. Without love for the subject you can never win the study world. So think of this once.

Reflective Approach in your PhD research

What is a reflective research? It means that what you study must not limited to one hour or 2 hours. If you set a time of one hour in a day for study, then this is  a problem. you must reflect on the subject which ever work you do. For example you are loving a person, can’t you think of him or her even when you do other works? This is called reflective approach. This can also happen only when you love the subject you study. So keep on reflecting on what you study for one hour or two hours or the class which you listen. If you follow this tip half of the work becomes very easy. you will be highly successful in studying.

Never set time for researching

Students who set time for studying may win but they cannot get 100% successful marks in scoring. The reason is they study for one hour or two hours and the rest of the time they forget. When you set time, then you mind tells not to study other times. So whenever you are free take book and study. These are best ways to study

Commitment and Dedication in your PhD research

Finally I remind you not to lose interest in the middle of the way. Many PhD students start researching seriously. But they give up in the middle. However this is not the right strategy to study. You full time commitment plays stupendous role while doing PhD research. You must be studious in nature. If you do not have, cultivate it. In addition to this dedication, there may be daily struggles in your life. These daily problems will put you in a situation not to study.So you have to overcome this. Many students drop here. They all of a sudden lack any kind of dedication to study and live a life which is worth enough. So make sure you develop these great qualities of dedication and commitment through out your studies. I wish you great times in studying.