a)How do you think the doctoral program will be different than otheracademic programs you have completed?
Theprocess of learning has always involved the intake of knowledge. Inthe lower levels such as kindergarten and elementary school, peopleare taught the basic knowledge, and they become conversant withalready known facts. In high schools, college, university andgraduate levels, people try to narrow down to a particular subject ofinterest and expound their understanding on that field. But indoctoral programs, academicians are taught the art of coming up withnew knowledge in depth that adds value to what they have specializedin. It is for that reason doctoral dissertation papers always comeup with new research that either improves and supports an existinghypothesis or deviates from it from a specialized point of view(Karp, 2009).I also believe that the kind of research that is expected at thislevel is detailed, and it covers all aspects of the subject understudy. This is carried out by preparing and defending a dissertation.The doctoral programs may take up to eight years depending on theprogram and ability to write an acceptable dissertation (Karp, 2009).
b)What skills will you need to develop as a doctoral learner?
Writinga doctoral paper involves perfect understanding of the writingmanuals whether it is APA, MLA, Chicago, Turban or Harvard. As anacademician, I have to be well equipped with these guidelines whenwriting my paper as it gives my argument credibility (Karp, 2009).For instance, there is a particular language and mode of presentationthat must be followed in APA papers such as formatting the titlepage, body and reference page. Some of the language used follows thispattern “the research supported the hypothesis that Meyers (2008)found or the study was carried between people age 50 to 60 years.” The language must be concise and precise. Also, as a candidate for adoctorate, you need to be patient and open minded to ideas that havebeen put forward by other researchers (Karp, 2009).I will use the above skills and knowledge as tools of success todemonstrate my competence in my study towards the achievement of adoctorate.
c)Which resources or strategies could you use for support? How will youuse them?
Tobe successful in a doctoral program in a particular field, you needto equip yourself with previously completed studies and compare themwith what is considered as old. Take note of the variation anddevelopment in knowledge (Karp, 2009). After that, compare the relevant data you have acquired with theparticular research gap you need to fill. The best scholarlymaterials that equip people with substantial knowledge are those thatare peer reviewed (Karp, 2009).To be successful in my doctorate, I have to use an academic resourcedatabase, which will always have sufficient materials that willenhance my knowledge in the doctorate program.
d)How might your mindset help you overcome challenges?
Beingprepared about what I am expected to cover in the doctoral programprepares me psychologically. I have chosen to undertake this programbecause I had a particular desire that I wanted to achieve and itcould be attained through the process of the doctoral program. Whatinspires me most is the fact that, despite the complex nature of theprogram, many have made it and I am certain that after some few yearsI will be a professor. Thus, having a positive mindset will help meface all the challenges of the doctorate program positively.
Karp, J.(2009). Howto survive your PhD: The insider`s guide to avoiding mistakes,choosing the right program, working with professors, and just how aperson actually writes a 200- page paper.Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.