As a new PhD student, how to balance learning and researching? I am in Australia and here we don't have any course in PhD period. I know I need to learn something about my programme, but sometimes just studying what I need immediately is not enough and not systematical. Could you give me some suggestions? or more generally, how to be a PhD student? I just want some advice!
My programme is on mathematical general relativity. In this area, we need knowledge from PDEs, geometry and algebra, and of course general relativity. I mean, so many fields are involved in this areas, how could you arrange your time to leaning new staff and researching and reading papers. I have some basic knowledge on all these area, but there still so many thing I need to learn. So many classic reference and book in this area I should read, But I don't think I could cover all this books in just few years. and I also want to spend more time to research.
Actually, just in order to understand a new paper or learn a method, I could study relevant materials very quickly, but always feel this is not systematical. I want know all of them, but the other problem emerges: I don't have enough time.
In the other words, if I call learning referred to read classical books and classical papers, and researching referred to think and read recent papers. I would like to learn how to split my time to do these two kinds of activities.