The Research Student’s Guide to Success

E. Mitchell (Institute of Education, University of London, London)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 July 2002




Mitchell, E. (2002), "The Research Student’s Guide to Success", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 210-210.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Many graduate students commence their post‐graduate degrees; especially PhDs not adequately equipped in mind or skills for study at a higher level. This book by Pat Cryer is an outstanding remedy for the aforementioned problems; and is relevant to students undertaking the range of post‐graduate qualifications. The chapters comprehensively take the student through:

  • the pitfalls of applying;

  • working with supervisors;

  • the university; and

  • external agencies to the university.

While this is not a “how to do it” book, the chapters covering the nature of research, methodology, creative thinking, and the stages of a thesis are acutely handled to provide the student with a realistic insight into the research process. This book is very readable and well referenced, with dialogue boxes that assist in clarifying the main points being made in a particular section. Of particular note are the activities that Pat Cryer has inserted, that will greatly assist and develop the student’s thinking and understanding if followed. This book is destined to become a classic, and deservedly so, as Pat Cryer has produced an outstanding guide for research students.

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