Some thought working on a PhD is similar to studying for your Bachelor degree (i.e. in 4-5 years, you'll graduate)
Some thought if you are a genius, you'll definitely get a PhD.
Some thought as long as you study like MAD (like those SPM candidates), you'll PASS your VIVA.
Some thought you have to go to classes just like undergrads.
Some thought you have semester breaks, again, just like undergrads.
Some thought if you are not anywhere near the university, you are LAZY!
Let me tell you one thing, all the above are WRONG! Well, some are partially wrong.
In less than 0.01% is PhD similar to a Bachelor degree. In what way it is similar? The part that you have to know how to read and write. The rest aren't!
Being a genius is not a guarantee that a PhD is definitely yours.
edited: But being determine and persevere do help though it is still not guaranteed.
Of course you need to study like MAD, but not MAD MAD. You need to be critical of what you read & write. Also, critical but not overthinking and certainly not afraid of 'what if it fails?' in determining the methods (methodology) to achieve your objectives.
Yes, as a PhD candidate/student you may have to attend classes but there's a difference. Undergrads have their paths mapped out, what classes you take, when to take it, etc. In my case, I am not required to take any classes but I have to attend numbers of workshops (certain amount of credit hours per study year are compulsory) . So in regards to my information on PhD classes, if my information is not up to date, I apologize.
PhD students do not have semester breaks but we can apply for annual leave. In my university, we are entitled for 30 days annual leave per year (if I'm not mistaken).
PhD students have the flexibility to work from home. Probably not all, but I do. I can choose to work from home if I wish too. My supervisors are OK with that.
I notice an Anonymous leaving a comment in this post. Ms/Mr Anonymous ask:
faham tentang ikat perut pelajar phd di sana.cuma tak berapa nak faham sebab ramai jgk pelajar yang tak habis pengajian dlm masa yg ditetapkan oleh majikan. berlainan kalau pergi ke jepun. maaf saya hanya nak tahu.
July 18, 2012 7:17 PM
I will answer this in a later post, insya-Allah once I'm done with my writing up of the thesis. I will share with you (not just Ms/Mr Anonymous, but anyone who's willing to read a probably long post) my journey in working on my PhD. Probably from that, you'll gain an insight to answer the above question yourself. I can't promise when though.
For now let me finish with this:
Nobody (in their right mind) would want to not complete their PhD the soonest possible.
Ramadhan Kareem to all :)