Hi I thought that physics forums could be the place to ask you guys (others who are currently in or have already completed PhD programs) some questions. I've recently started a PhD program in physics in the UK, and my general state of being is complete and utter confusion. In my attempt to do the first thing that im told any PhD student should do, and read around the subject area to find out what is known, what isn't, what is currently being worked on by others ect I have found that it takes me ~ 80 to 100 hours to read each paper. At this rate i'll be a decade into my PhD before I finish the initial preliminary review! Did anyone else find that their comprehension of material was so low as to render background reading as useless as this?