Liaising with your supervisor

Email makes contact between supervisors and students easier, whatever their physical location, and as well as keeping a record of supervisory sessions, you can deliver and return draft copies of texts in this way.

Even so, a recurring complaint from supervisors is that their students didn‟t stay in touch, they had no idea what stage they were at but that the student then expected high input very quickly and just before the hand-in date – which is often far too late to sort out any methodological issues or offer constructive criticism. It is your responsibility to stay in touch with your supervisor in a timely way and seek advice as needed, and not vice versa.

It is good practice to work towards:

  • a complete draft of the dissertation or literature review being with your supervisor no later than a month before the hand-in date
  • allowing plenty of time for the final stages of production.