From: https://www.quora.com/Why-am-I-good-at-mind-calculations-but-bad-at-problem-solving I have this friend who is great at cutting vegetables. You give her whatever you want, she can shred it in seconds. However, when it comes to cooking, she needs to be shown how to combine the vegetables and understand the differences in taste and acidity of each one, etc. Otherwise she can’t progress, she is almost paralyzed by fear. Why doesn’t her … Continue reading Why am I good at mind calculations but bad at problem solving?
The following is from an answer I wrote on Quora. The easiest answer is: “You just can’t cram the research.” Let’s figure it out together, assuming you’ve passed your quals, you are done with classes, and you work in the natural sciences, engineering, or computer science. First, you need to pick a good problem, which will take some time, except if your advisor already has … Continue reading “Why isn’t it possible to finish a PhD in less than three years?”