Reflections of a mature student: Supervisors for your dissertation part 1

As my final year is fast approaching I wanted to find as much information and then to make sure I understand it as best as I can I figured the best thing for me to do is create a blog. Al this information is information about what my college aims to do, I will try and make sure that the information is accessible in terms of what is expected from supervisors and you the student as well. 

Finding a Supervisor:  

Each student has a supervisor who will guide them through the dissertation process. If you choose a topic that is in a particular lecturer’s area you can approach them and ask them to be your supervisor.

Some supervisors may ask to meet with you or for you to submit your ideas to them for consideration

What your supervisor will help you with:

Your supervisor will work with you to define the purpose and scope of your study so that you know exactly what is required.  He/she will also try to ensure you can complete the task in the time available without neglecting your other studies or interfering with your preparation for examinations. 

The Role of the Supervisor:

The role of the supervisor is to act as a support for you in this process. Their primary role is to discuss and help you to develop your ideas, read your work and provide feedback and help you make decisions such as which methods to employ.

Useful References:
Cotrell, S. (2013). The study skills handbook. (4th ed.).  Basingstoke: Palgrave.

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