Points to ponder and discuss with your supervisor

Start of the journey.

  1. Discuss a title, equipment needs, ethics approval.
  2. Advice and guidance on ways of organising your time, on finding the right types of information and even on reading and how to take notes

  3. To plan the dissertation methodically ‘ be kept ‘on the right track.

  4. Agree supervision communication and recording methods.

  5. Supervisors should be aware of the students’ initial perception of the enormity of the dissertation task and tailor their support accordingly.

Middle of the journey

  1. Given help on how to ‘breakdown the project into achievable tasks’ and to “plan the workload.
  2. Some students had gained this advice from their supervisor whilst others had obtained this from the Library or their faculty’s academic guidance centre. How to use your time ‘efficiently ‘ to meet the 
    demands of the assessment.
  3. Set up regular meetings with your supervisor to help keep you on task. Most students are aware of the significant amount of work that the dissertation would entail and wanted guidance that would 
    help them ‘make the most of ‘free time” and enable them to also be able to ‘concentrate on other module assignments.
  4. They had all been expected to produce a timetable of work for the whole project or had been helped to produce a Gantt chart. Some students had used a weekly journal to ‘guide and plan tutorial sessions.

End of the journey

  1. Towards the end of their project the students should be enthusiastic about the levels of support and I supervision they had received from their tutors.
  2. How to write the thesis and what type of feedback will be given.

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