Bad Professors? Poor Academic Supervision? Advice for Seniors on What to Do and How to Manage and Survive Your Thesis

One of the worst nightmares for any student working on an honors thesis, final year project or any important academic project is to receive poor supervision from an academic advisor.

What does poor supervision look like?

It really depends on your course, the expectations, academic culture and norms of your faculty. What might be something you expect may not be the same as another student in another faculty, or in another university.

There are several examples of how poor, inadequate or inappropriate supervision might look like. For example,

  • providing wrong academic advice that jeopardizes your project
  • inappropriate behavior that crosses the lines of academic supervision eg. sexual harassment
  • negligence on the part of the supervisor

Related video: Dissertation Question Time – Meeting with your supervisor


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