Months ago GradLife McGill blogger Fannie wrote her post I found comprehensive exams… easy, and now that I have passed my comps as well, I’d like to echo her post with this one. My post will not be a list of recommendations—Fannie already did this very well, and I have little to add to her sensible… Read More I found compherensive exams… different
Ok, this is weird, or at least incoherent. I am the one who shared her annoyance caused by the people talking in the library quiet zones, and now I am preparing for my comps at the pub?! Well, let me clarify that I am not doing all the preparation for my comps at the pub—that would… Read More Preparing for the comps (also) at the pub
I remember two years ago, I was on the verge of finishing reading my list of 200 books for my comprehensive exams. I then had to prepare for three written exams and one oral exam. At the beginning of the process, I thought that taking the exams would frighten me. But no. The evening before… Read More I found comprehensive exams… easy
The comprehensive examination is an important milestone for a PhD student. While its format varies depending on the school, degree, department, and most importantly, your supervisor, it is usually a pass/fail test of your cumulative knowledge after one or two years into the program. In Canada, after the comps, you are “promoted” from being a… Read More Backup, backup, backup!