Grad Student Advice Repository

There was some sup­port for the idea of start­ing an ad­vice repos­i­tory for grad stu­dents much in the same tra­di­tion as the Bor­ing Ad­vice Re­pos­i­tory and the Solved Prob­lems Re­pos­i­tory started ear­lier by Qiaochu_Yuan. So here goes.

Please share any ad­vice, bor­ing or oth­er­wise, for suc­ceed­ing at grad school. I re­al­ize that suc­ceed­ing might mean differ­ent things to differ­ent peo­ple, but I be­lieve most peo­ple largely agree with what it means in this con­text. Feel free to elab­o­rate on what you be­lieve it should mean, if you have views on the sub­ject.

I am a the­o­ret­i­cal physics grad stu­dent, so I’m per­son­ally more in­ter­ested in ad­vice for mathy dis­ci­plines (i.e. physics, math, CS), and I also sus­pect that there are many grad stu­dents from these dis­ci­plines on LessWrong; but ad­vice for any dis­ci­pline is wel­come as well.

Ad­vice is wel­come from any­one, but please do men­tion your back­ground for pro­vid­ing the ad­vice so that peo­ple can weight the ad­vice ac­cord­ingly. For ex­am­ple, I would be more be open to listen­ing to ad­vice from some­one who has com­pleted a very suc­cess­ful PhD, than from some­one who has sim­ply in­ter­acted with a lot of grad stu­dents but has never been to grad school.

Also, feel free to link to ad­vice from other sources, and maybe quote the most use­ful parts in what you read. Re­mem­ber, this is meant to be a repos­i­tory, so that peo­ple can come and find the ad­vice, so don’t worry if it seems to be some­thing most peo­ple would’ve already read or known.