First bit of advice: Don’t let the study period drag out. I was warned about this and did it anyway. Comps studying will expand to fill the time you give it – don’t feed the beast! I recommend 3 months or so tops; that’s plenty of time to be prepared but also gets it over and done so you can move on to the dissertation. (You will never be as excited to think about your dissertation as you are while prepping for comps. Enjoy this time.) Read More.