Use the same idea for subdirectories in a paper directory; for example:
Copy only important hand-typed files into backups. There should be no generated files (.ps, .pdf, etc.) or files that are not changing often such as figures. This is to keep the size of the backup from wasting disk space.
For extra-readable backups, copy files using "cp -p" which preserves the last modification time of each file.
Spend time thinking hard about how a reader/listener could possibly get confused. There are a million ways this could happen. Change your material to help a person who might get stuck in that way.
Make it easy for a reader to understand your work (they will learn, appreciate, accept your paper) rather than challenging (frustration, reject your paper)
"A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell." –William Strunk
Corollary: Use a minimum number of fonts across text and figures. This includes font types, sizes, bold, italics, etc.
Corollary: Probably the best way to have your audience think highly of you after your talk is if you teach them something worthwhile that they did not already know.
To publish a technical report, follow these steps:
Always use the URL you created to link to your paper. (i.e. http://www.ece.ucdavis.edu/vcl/pubs/theses/2011-2)
The SPECpower benchmark, which includes a large number of modules, measures the power consumed by the processor.→
The benchmark...measures...power.No it does not—the benchmark does not measure anything!
This is #1 for sure: find a way to kill all distractions for a certain number of hours per day. Real work will never get done with distractions around. Close browser, turn off phone, go to lab, go to library, etc.
Put yourself in a productive mode for a reasonable number of hours every week. When you start a job, you will need to be there from ~9am until ~6pm every day and sometimes spend some time on weekends. As a graduate student, you should be spending at least that much time (subtract time spent on youtube, surfing, texting, etc.--you can't do those things at your future job either).
Make a schedule with goals to be completed for the next month. I work far more efficiently with some deadline stress. Daydreaming and distractions are easier to ignore when I have a deadline coming.
Keep a todo list with specific tasks to be done each day. It is easy to procrastinate on something due in two weeks but easier to attack a number of 30-minute tasks I want to get done today.
Work hard play hard. Except when a huge deadline is nearing, never work Fri and Sat night for sure. Take Sunday off too. Do some fun activities during the week (e.g., Monday night football or Wed night TV). No work whatsoever during those times.
Freshman/sophomore undergraduate researcher
Work is typically assigned on a daily basis
Beginning graduate student
Student asks many questions
Advisor replies with answers and references to be read
As a graduate student you should be the one investigating, learning, and *explaining to me* when I ask you questions as your *advisor* and as the chair of your committee who is supposed to verify that you are ready for the MS degree. Of course I am available to help you get unstuck from technical issues, but this needs to be the exceptional case not the normal one.