Your supervisor is there to help you, so use them, but don't abuse them!
There are two of you in this project: you and your supervisor. This can either be a very good thing - you have expert help and guidance, and maybe even a friend. Or, it can be a very bad thing - it's difficult to carry out a good research project without good supervision, and it's hard working with someone you don't like.
It's worth putting some effort into your relationship with your supervisor for compelling reasons:
The good news is that there are ways you can improve your chances of having a great working relationship with your supervisor. So, how do you ensure you stay in your supervisor's good books? Follow the tops tips below, and you can't go wrong!
If you're an undergraduate, you may not be allocated a great deal of supervision time, so it's vital to get the most out of every meeting. The following activities will help you to plan how to get the most out of your supervisor.
1. Before your first meeting with your supervisor, make a list of questions that you need answers to; for example, you may want to do the following:
2. Write your questions in a notepad so you don't forget to ask something important, and make a note of the answers you're given.
If you come to meetings prepared, you'll get answers to all your questions, save time - and impress your supervisor with your professionalism.
1. Before every meeting with your supervisor, prepare a list of the outcomes you want from the meeting, for example, you may want to...
2. You may be asked to keep a log of your meetings with your supervisor, but if a meeting log is not a requirement, it can be helpful to keep one anyway as a record of your discussions.
You should now be on your way to cultivating a rewarding working relationship with your supervisor. On the next page, we look at generating research ideas.