The life of an academic is not just about working in lab, teaching, assignments, exams, classes, and such routine tasks. There are unwritten rules and things which we are not taught in classes. For instance, an undergraduate student might not know what to expect in an academic career, a graduate student might have difficulties while getting started with research, a PhD candidate might not have any idea about how he/she should deal with his/her not-so-friendly supervisor, a post-doc might have difficulty in securing funding for his/her research, a fresh faculty might not know how to teach, and the list goes on.

There are so many things like these which we are not taught in schools and colleges, but we anyway have to deal with them in real life. This page is to equip the readers and my fellow academics with tools to tackle such problems. Here’s a list of the articles and books that would help you to deal with the problems of academic life.

Articles and Talks


  • The Art of Doing Science and Research by Richard W. Hamming
    • Learning to Learn
  • A PhD is not Enough by Peter J. Feibelman
    • A Guide to Survival in Science
  • Tomorrow’s Professor by Richard M. Reis
    • Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
    • Changing the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential
  • The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
    • An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
  • Creativity, Inc. by Amy Wallace  and Edwin Catmull
    • Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
  • Range by David Epstein
    • How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Contribute to this list

This list is by no means complete. Write me an email to add your favourite resource to this list.


  • Basudeb Dasgupta, TIFR, Mumbai
    • I was in TIFR when I found these links on his website.
  • Daniel R. Green, UC San Diego
    • He tweeted about his talk “You and Your Research – Undergraduate Edition”. I told him about this page and asked for some more suggestions.