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Top 5 things you need to become a successful student or researcher

Ever since the invention of the World Wide Web, researchers across every field of science are being conducted at a brisk pace.

Top 5 things you need to become a successful student or researcher

Monday May 08, 2017,

4 min Read



Ever since the invention of the World Wide Web, researchers across every field of science are being conducted at a brisk pace. Be it Undergraduate, Postgraduate, or Postdoctoral, there is a specific skillset that every student or a researcher needs to become effective, so without further ado, let’s take a look at 5 of the essential items you need to have in your inventory to be a successful student researcher.


With so much research being conducted on the entire planet, across every field of science, humanity, sociology, and other subjects, it is imperative that one research is different from the other. The emphasis on new research being unique and innovative is not only understandable but the need of the hour. In an article published by Jeffrey M. Osborn, the dean of “The College of New Jersey”, originality and uniqueness is a common thread that runs through every research activity. Creativity is one of the essential traits every student needs to refine their researching skills. The first step while researching is always to formulate a plan for discussing a problem, and you can only do that if you are creative enough.


It goes without saying that being able to understand what someone is saying and being capable of conveying your own message to anyone, is one of the most important traits you need to have in your quest to become a successful student researcher. When it comes to communication during researchers, it means to have the ability to maintain an effective relationship with your supervisor. According to Mitchell Malachowski, faculty supervisors are the most valuable link between the student and the wide, yet unfamiliar, world of research.


Research conducted in the bygone era was a slow process, WHY? Because of lack of access to information, slow communication process, and due to the lack of a centralized database, which would keep all records of every research ever conducted on whichever topic. As of now, imagining life without the Internet is a horror show, and rightly so, because since the invention of this magical tool, such as HughesNet internet service, everything is connected and everything happens at a rapid pace.


One of the most important qualities a good student must have, is the affinity to learn, even if the subject is not that interesting. Curiosity is the basis for all researchers and innovation, and it is the same thing that fuels a person’s will to learn. So a good student must also be a person who WANTS to learn about the things he is learning about, there is no substitute for curiosity.


Persistence, is right up there with the most in-demand traits, if you want to be a good student or a successful researcher. Persistence means to never give up in your pursuit to information. While in the course of researching or being a student, you are bound to face failures, but what is more important is that you do not give up, and continue your struggle to be successful. Failure is a stepping stone towards success, and one of the greatest minds to have ever lived, Albert Einstein, coined a pretty famous quotation. He said, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure”. Failure and mistakes should not be shunned but they should be embraced as an opportunity for learning. Now we can talk a lot about how we should remain persistent in order to achieve success in the longer run, but it is not always easy to stay that way throughout the course of the research. But what these students should keep in their mind, is that this will pay off significantly, either in the shape of quality data, strong research, or something as simple as an educational experience.