Whether you are meeting your advisor for the first time, or are interested in revitalizing a placid relationship, these tips can help you not only make the most of your weekly meetings but improve your productivity and success as a graduate student.
Here's three possible scenarios.
So how do you get to that "great meeting" level? Especially if you're unsure or shy. Try this list of questions.
1. How often do you meet with your advisees?
Frequency of meeting reflects their management style. Their style should match your own. Common answers may be weekly, every few weeks, or monthly. It may depend on projects you're participating in, or if they hold a regular research meeting with all advisees.
2. What expectations do you have of me?
If you're on a training grant, your expectations may be spelled out in black and white. However, here is an opportunity to clarify any additional details from the previous question. Do they want a semester summary report of your coursework and projects? Weekly email updates?
Everyone has their own work style, and you want to learn your advisor's so you can fit into their regular routine.
Express to you advisor you'd like to ask them some questions to get to know them a little better.
3. What was your experience like when you were a doctorate student?
4. What was your relationship like with your advisor?
5. What do you wish you had known, and done, while you were a graduate student?
6. What do you consider your professional goals? (Publishing, committees, directorships, mentoring...)
7. What do you see as the future of epidemiology, and how do current students fit into this vision?
Shoot me a comment with your thoughts. Do you think these tips could help you with your advisor? What do you find particularly useful in these scenarios?
In all seriousness,