Dissertation Coaching: Criteria For Choosing A Good Advisor


Picking your advisor for your dissertation is a very important part of the process of getting your degree. Your advisor is the person that you will turn to if you have a problem or need advice to help you write and research your dissertation. If you want to pick the right advisor, you have to know exactly what to look for in an advisor. This list should help you in the choose process, when you pick your advisor.

How To Choose A Good Advisor

  • Your advisor has to be someone that sees what your goals are and has to fit your personality. If you don’t get along with your advisor because they don’t do either of these, you will have a bad experience with them and your dissertation won’t be written well.
  • You want to pick someone that has the time and energy to devote to you. You don’t want an advisor that has too many students that they are advising because then they won’t have time for you and your dissertation.
  • Remember that your advisor is teaching as you do your dissertation. They have to be able to ask you important questions, help you with your experiments, evaluate your results, and give you ideas if you are stuck.
  • If you choose a good advisor, they will share their knowledge with you, help you with your career plan, give you one on one time, and introduce you to others in your field of study.
  • You also don’t want an advisor that is too nice, you want them to be honest and tell you if you doing something wrong. An advisor that is too nice will not give you the critical feedback that you need, which won’t help you write a great dissertation.

You are going to have to interview a few people before you find your advisor. When you interview them you have to ask them some very important questions. Some of the questions you should ask are:

  • Ask them how much time do they regularly spend with their students?
  • Who is the person that will supervise me?
  • What are their expectations?
  • What is their schedule?
  • How can I get funding?
  • What equipment and labs are available to me?
  • Will there be others working on the project with me?
  • You can also ask them about your field of study. Think about all the questions you want to answer in your dissertation and ask your potential advisor there take on the subject. This will help you determine if they are the right fit.