I'm going to author a book called how to succeed in graduate school. The entirety of my self-help advice will consist of this scrawled onto a taco bell wrapper.
Step 1: Shut the fuck up and listen!
Step 2: Are you fucking paying attention?
Step 3: Ask questions, even if you fear that we'll think you are dumb. Here's a hint, we already do. Just ask the damn question.
Step 3: Think about what the fuck you are doing. No one else will do it for you.
Step 4: You better fucking be doing experiments and if you aren't, why aren't you?
Step 5: Stop reading this and fucking go do something.
Step 6: Now you fucking dumpsterbaby!