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Dissertation Direction (2): Working with your supervisor

In addition to choosing your topic, I felt it would be beneficial to share some tips on working alongside your supervisor, so here we go...


๐Ÿ“š My first piece of advice is to get to know them! You'll be working closely with them for most of the year, so it's important to make that effort! I was fortunate enough to know my supervisor beforehand, so this was easier for me!

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Make contact with your supervisor ASAP! It's important that you don't just wait for them to contact you first!

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป suggest a meeting to discuss the details of your project! Generally the sooner you have the first meeting, the sooner you can get the ball rolling with the project!


๐Ÿ“š Secondly, make sure you are organised for meetings (so you can really get the most out of them)

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ I found it helpful to prepare an agenda beforehand, where I'd write a list of points that I wanted to discuss, which really helped as I never left realising I'd forgotten to ask something!

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป Take some form of minutes during your meetings so that you don't forget your supervisor's responses to everything you discuss!


๐Ÿ“š Keep in touch with your supervisor!! Try and have contact with them as regularly as possible, as regular updates can be a good way to keep motivated and stick to your timeframe!!

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Every supervisor and project will work differently- I found only a few initial meetings useful to begin with, but when I started the data analysis, I found a weekly meeting very helpful; this was great for me as I knew I could pull all my queries together and discuss them at the next meeting which was never to