How to be a bad graduate student?
Dave Patterson in UC Berkeley has some talks about "How to have a bad career in research/academia" . Here is my version of "how to be a bad graduate student".
If you have the following symptoms, you have the working habits of a bad student (from Dr. Daniel Lemire).
If you meet one of the following criteria, you probably can't finish a decent thesis (from Dr. Bruce Spencer ).
1. weak language skills (written and oral communication are weak with respect to technical topics -- even for many native speakers of English);
2. not open to research culture (student does not make an effort to talk to others about research and does not come to colloquia or group meetings);
3. unclear about objectives (supervisor does not portray the point of the research and how it fits in the big picture);
4. laziness, inability or unwillingness to focus (student does not come to work regularly, or dissipates research energy when there);
5. insufficient background (student does not have clear grasp of the essential elements of computer science and the required background for the research topic);
6. no research spark (student does not possess an innate ability to innovate, especially necessary for PhD.).