Fear is a major reasons that students don’t approach their Ph D supervisors frequently enough.“What if my supervisor thinks less of me because I made mistakes, or I don’t know what I should do next?Jesse was a bright and ambitious student in a Biochemistry Ph D program.
The way she turned her “hodgepodge” into a Ph D thesis, was that she picked one question (for which she had already collected a significant amount of data), and she set up a research plan to answer that question in sufficient detail for a doctoral thesis.
Jesse’s story is extreme in the sense that even in her 7 Define clearly the question that your Ph D thesis will answer.
Jesse spent a good portion of her days mentoring younger students and walking across campus to her collaborators’ labs, and her Ph D thesis writing was not coming together.
Over the course of 7 years Jesse had collected a lot of data, but most of the projects were dead-end or too small for a publication. Nevertheless, Jesse scheduled what she hoped to be her final committee meeting.
Always know what your supervisor’s and committee’s expectations are for you to write a Ph D thesis.
In some cases, getting clarification will involve disagreements and heated discussions.
They put a lot of work into collecting and analyzing data without communicating frequently enough with their supervisor to see whether they are on the right track.
The frequency of meetings with your supervisor depends on his or her management style (hands-off vs. In either event you need to make sure that you have sufficient communication (in person, phone, email) that you know with 100% certainty that you are on the right track.
Miscommunication is the #1 reason for unpleasant surprises at committee meetings.
Many students they know what they need to do to graduate.