Undertaking a PhD is a challenging yet fulfilling experience. PhD candidates become deeply involved in developing a myriad of skills over many vital facets, including (but not limited to): (i) the development of their research ideas; (ii) learning how to conduct their research; (iii) engaging with others about their research - both locally and internationally; (iv) developing a profile asan independent researcher; and (v) developing their teaching portfolio. Of course, a candidate is likely to encounter many highs and lows during their candidature. Periods of turbulence can be overcome through the application of various techniques to adapt and learn from these experiences. This tutorial will partly aim to introduce attendees to several techniques to help them advance in the PhD process. It will be presented by two recent PhD graduates in the field of Interactive InformationRetrieval (IIR), who are both close enough to their respective times as PhD students to remember the highs and lows of PhD life, yet be far enough removed from the process that they can adequately reflect and provide insights into their own experiences - both good and bad. This tutorial will empower attendees to share their own do's and don'ts, review their practices for success, and refine what productivity strategies work for them. It will provide an impartial platform for an open and honest discussion about the journey of undertaking a PhD, led by the presenters without judgement.