In my previous experiences with academic advisors, I haven't had the best luck. Not once have I had an academic advisor that genuinely cared about me or that believed in me. Once I got to college that all changed. I'm not sure words can explain how grateful I am to finally have an academic advisor that is incredibly dedicated and supportive, but I'm going to give it a shot. First off, thank you for being my academic advisor.
3 Academic Advisors Who Will Ruin Your PhD Career
3 Academic Advisors Who Will Ruin Your PhD Career - Cheeky Scientist
I've been sending him chapters and portions of chapters since spring break, meeting with him as often as he will let me about once or twice a month , and I've gotten a total of 10 pages of text edits out of him. In most meetings, it is clear that he hasn't read any of it, and will give me very vague advice about making sure that I'm asking the right questions or that I'm not letting the topic get too "big". Other times, he will have read the first couple pages with edits focusing mostly on word choice or formatting, and then nothing else. I'm not looking for line-by-line edits, but I'd like for him to actually read what I've written. I've heard nothing about the actual content of my thesis; I have real questions about the "meat" of this project. Now, it's getting to be crunch time. I need to have this out to my committee by the end of next week.
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I should start this post by saying very clearly that what follows is by no means a comment on the many fantastic students I work with and have worked with. I should also be clear that this does not reflect official policy of UTS: it reflects my personal views and is deliberately provocative at times. This is written from the voice of your supervisor, and some points may be more relevant in social sciences and humanities, but most should be worth thinking about for all students. This might sound obvious, but it happens quite a lot.
I tried to make my students independent but they ended up burnt-out and depressed. A more positive approach is the answer. There is no reassuring structure of courses and exams, only the need for a thesis. Research points to high levels of depression among PhD students. Consciously or not, new supervisors tend to draw on their own experiences.