Ph.D. is tough – that is why not everyone pursues it. But those who choose to pursue it should know the key to success. As a student counselor, students ask me this all the time - How To Become A Successful Ph.D. Student ? And the best answer I can give a student is to put in the hard work – as obvious as it may sound, that is the best way to ensure your success. If you are a Ph.D. student or want to become one, make sure you keep that in mind.