Thesis and dissertation advisors

Some people try to tack their thesis alone without the help of an advisor. Sometimes this work but often times it leads to a lot more work and stress. An advisor can help you navigate the new and at times overwhelming waters of the thesis. Both you and your advisor should be enthusiastic in regards to the topic you have chosen for your thesis.

When looking for someone to help you with the process, you need to find someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about your topic. Check to see if your potential advisor is familiar with and passionate about your topic. Talk to them about your basic outline and ideas for the thesis. Also make sure that they will be available to work with you throughout the few years you will spend on the thesis.

Selecting the right person to help you will go a long way in securing your success in graduate school. Your advisor will serve as an aid to your research and plans, can be an advocate for you in the department, and also help you brainstorm and work on the general flow of your thesis.

The relationship that you and your advisor have will depend largely on the amount of time you spend together and how much work you do on your thesis together. Usually it will be largely influenced by the requirements the committee has placed on your thesis. If they have a lot of requirements you may be spending a great deal of time with your advisor.

In addition, the type of criticism you get from the committee throughout your work can affect the way your advisor interacts with you. It is possible for each committee member to have different expectations for your thesis and this will impact how you and your advisor interact.

It is your responsibility to find an advisor who will work with you and help guide you as you build your thesis. If you find the right one, you and your advsior can become great friends and you will work together for several years until your thesis is finished. You might be able to do it on your own, but it will be much easier with the help of someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about your topic, and that is why many students choose to have an advisor help them with their thesis.