All most Christmas: I wanted to say a quick word about feedback. Remember the idea behind having an advisor and not a ‘puppet master’(!). Is that it is your work. You are not writing to please us. I understand that sometimes the University culture can seem quite foreign and you appear to be asked to do things for no particular reason other than to say you did it, but do not let this mean you start to feel you are just ticking the box of the whim of the ‘teacher’. We are trying to help with two things:
Firstly, the form you present your ideas in – that is they are your ideas but we are helping with the conventions of academia.
Secondly, we are helping with teasing out more ideas or helping you develop your ideas further. But they are your ideas.
So how does this reflect when you ask for feedback?
When you ask for feedback – explain what you want feedback on, what you want your advisor to look at. Just sending your essay again, again until the advisor says it is ‘right’ is not what this is about. You are in discussion with your advisor with your work write a note explaining what the draft is attempting to do or explaining changes you have made.
“Dear Adesola, I have changed the order I introduce the different elements of the research inquiry. Can you tell me if you think it is easier to follow in terms of understanding what I did to collect data? “
It is important you feel ownership of your work and you don’t feel you are having to stab in the dark at what someone else wants from you.
What do you think. Looking forward to reading your comments