Well, it is not very easy. For meuFor those who always had the time fully satisfied with work and study, separately, to transform the study in work or the reverse, is somewhat complicated.
The fase where I am acting in this moment is that, reading, reading and reading. It is very hard! While there is a feeling of having a lot to be done, since a reading leads to another and another .... this step, where I am building my background knowledge is very important and will define me as a doctoral student.
But, at the same time, find on the books our particular answers is not easy or enough. I have realized that many times, when I am having a few days of intense reading, the best thing is to do is go around my "world" and to talk with people. These dialogs while is very good to know different thoughts, also help me to understand the reasoning of my own party. At the same time give me a clue how far I am going with my readings, proportional with my understanding about the basis of my collegue's argument. The exchange of ideas, even for a few minutes is very good and is a part of the construction of reasoning. I am thinking in that a study group is very important for a student, because it helps further the opportunity for discussion on the same topic from similar points of view.
It is therefore this path of trying to build a study group that I find myself. If you want to join it, please let me know.