What You Can Expect from Your Supervisor
Shaping your research question
I will help you “scale” your research question adequately. Too broad research questions bear the risk of facing an overwhelming amount of literature, whereas too narrow research questions may undermine the relevance of your thesis.
Assessing the status quo
I will help you to “tame” the – often large and fragmented – literature. To write a compelling literature review (i.e., what is known about your topic to date), it is necessary to structure the existing body of studies based on similarities and differences between them.
Designing your study
I will consult you on what method (e.g., experiment, survey, in-depth interviews) is most appropriate to find an answer to your research question. I will also provide you feedback on your research design (e.g., questionnaire or interview guide).
What You Should NOT Expect from Your Supervisor
Managing your time
Getting started early is a key to success. Ideas need time to form and writing an academic thesis, potentially for the first time, can be very time-consuming. It is your responsibility alone to allocate sufficient time to this task and meet your milestones and final deadline.
Informing you about formalities
Every student will be provided with guidelines for writing their thesis. You are expected to read these guidelines closely. Asking questions about any aspect clearly defined in the guidelines (e.g., length of the thesis, formatting) signals poor preparation and disrespects the supervisor’s time.
Reading your thesis before submission
Writing is a lonely activity; no one but you can bring your thoughts onto paper. Your supervisor may provide you feedback on the macro-structure of your thesis, which can help structure your writing process. However, your supervisor will not read and “approve” any parts of your thesis before its submission.