Neverending edits

One of the challenges in the transition from college to grad school is accepting the fact that most of one’s papers will be co-written with an advisor, or possibly even team-written. Some advisors provide only high-level commentary, while others roll up their sleeves and get to work editing the draft. Either way, this typically means multiple drafts with track changes and comments.

This Ph.D. Comic by Jorge Cham sums up the problem nicely: Zeno’s Thesis’ Paradox

The back-and-forth can be a frustrating experience (for everyone involved!), but I would argue that it’s an important part of learning how to write an empirical paper.

If the type of feedback you’re getting from your advisor doesn’t work well for you, read this article about how to ask for what you need: The care and maintenance of your adviser

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About Silvia Bunge

I'm a tenured faculty member, and the head graduate advisor in my department.
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One Response to Neverending edits

  1. Silvia Bunge says:

    If you’re curious about Zeno and his paradoxes, read here – in particular “Achilles and the tortoise”:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeno%27s_paradoxes

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