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