Be critical and take responsibility
- This is your research project, not mine! Even if I gave you some data, and even if you are working on topics related to my own research interest…
Prepare thoroughly for meetings
- Have an agenda of things you need to discuss
- Be proactive
- Send stuff (as PDF documents, not as Word documents) early enough to allow me to prepare. Generally, this is 24 hours before our meeting.
- Not only come up with problems during your meetings, but also try to already have a set of potential solutions
- If you are supervised in a team, please send your material to each other early enough, so that you can (a) study each other’s work, and provide (b) a round of feedback before submitting material to your advisor
During our meetings
- Don’t take criticism personally (I’m just trying to improve your work)
- If you don’t know the answer to a question on the spot, say that you need time to think about it
Keep me up-to-date
- Provide a small recap of your project regularly
- If you experience any kind of problem - whether related to the content of your thesis, or related to your personal wellbeing - you can talk to me so I can help you find a solution or refer you to experts that can.
- If you expect that writing will become an issue, check the offerings of Tilburg University’s Scriptorium