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Do Not Leave Graduate School Before You Get Your Degree | FinishLine, Tips Tools Techniques for Completing a Thesis or Dissertation from Dr Wendy Carter

June, 2007 spacerVolume 3, Issue 6

In This Issue:

I am finally back from my vacation in Phoenix, AZ. Wow, I forgot how hot the desert could get this time of year. I hope you have been able to take a break because soon we will be gearing up for our Summer Break Challenge July 8-Aug 18, 2007. Mark your calendar and come join us!

10 Mistakes Graduate Students Should Avoid:
Mistake #4: Being Unprofessional or Disrespectful to Advisors/Committee Members

Selecting the right advisor is critical to your success in graduate school. We at TADA take that selection seriously.  The TADA-CD provides a considerable amount of information on how to “choose and effectively work with your advisor.” To keep your expectations about the role of an advisor/committee members in check, the TADA-CD compares the “basic” advisor to the “ideal” advisor. Nonetheless, whether you are able to select an advisor or one is assigned, you must remain professional at all times.

Your advisor can either propel or hinder your academic progress. As a graduate student you have very little power in your academic department. Hence, you need to select an advisor who can be an advocate for you. To be your best advocate, your advisor should have tenure and the respect of his/her peers. As the chair of your committee, peer respect will be invaluable when your advisor has to supervise the other committee members and facilitate your defense hearing.

Just because an advisor or faculty member is well respected doesn’t mean that working with him or her will be a breeze. Advisor relationships can be complex and not always successful; some mentors can be reluctant and unhelpful in helping students achieve their full potential, and/or may not offer opportunities such as co-authoring with their graduate students.  Some may not be very adept at communicating what they really want from students.  Others may prefer to work with only same-sex students.  While most mentoring relationships are extremely positive, other students are less fortunate when it comes to finding quality mentor relationships.

Whatever your situation, it is important to remain completely professional during all interactions with advisors and faculty.  Don’t make the mistake that some students do, and lose your cool.  Keep in mind that every single interaction and communication leaves an impression, and that the quality of the relationship you will enjoy with your advisor is largely based on your own level of maturity and commitment.

Both you and your advisor have responsibility for making this relationship work successfully.  Following are some steps that can help you maintain a professional front:

• Let your advisor/committee member know that you value his or her time, and be sure that your actions reflect that sentiment.  Arrive on time to all scheduled meetings; if you are unable to make a scheduled meeting, be sure to call and cancel with as much lead time as possible.  Don’t sweat it if your advisor/committee member is late; keep in mind the many responsibilities his or her position holds.

• Be prepared for all meetings.  Bring an agenda with you to be sure you cover all points, and prepare a list of questions ahead of time.  Also, prepare a coversheet with an outline of your document indicating the type of feedback you are seeking.  Always bring a hard copy of the chapter that you will be discussing, and be prepared with another copy of the latest full draft of your document, even if you haven’t made any changes since your last meeting.

• Despite what your advisor may say, never provide a first draft of your work.  An advisor rarely wants to see an actual first draft, even if that was the “assignment” given to you.  Always proof and polish your work as much as possible before turning it over to your advisor.  That way, he or she can focus on your concepts, clarity and idea sequencing, rather than typos and other distracting elements.

• Follow up and follow through.  Take thorough notes at all meetings; you won’t remember everything once you leave the office.  Send an email after each meeting confirming any items, resolutions and action items that were discussed, and make certain that any commitments you made have been completed before meeting again.

• Always express your thanks after an advisor or a committee member has taken the time to meet with you. Send a thank you note or an email stating what you gained from the interaction and how you will to move ahead in your plans.

It’s important to note that part of maintaining your professionalism is standing up for yourself when appropriate.  Ask for (i.e., demand politely) what you need. The advisor/advisee relationship is a two-way street that provides value to both individuals.  You are not just a “student”; you are also providing valuable data for your advisor.  Don’t allow yourself to be abused and worked into the ground if you feel you’re not getting any benefit out of the work, as well. Remember you are an adult; if you’re not willing to stand up for yourself, it’s a good bet that nobody else will!

If being proactive and professional does not build a positive working relationship with your advisor; you may want to seriously consider changing your thesis/dissertation advisor. You must assess the risk first before making such a drastic move especially if your funding is tied to that person.   It’s time for a change if your advisor is consistently inaccessible or disinterested, gives you only negative feedback, lacks the technical expertise/background to advise you on your thesis/dissertation, or harasses you.

Email Question of the Month:


Dear Dr.
My question is: If achieving sustainable development through urban design is the most effective tool on a city, how can it (urban design) promote the factors of sustainable development?

My real problem is my access to the previous works on this topic, that are really scarce, I think if I can see a done work close to my thesis, it can be more clear for me; could you please gimme a related article to observe?

Thank you twice


Thank you for contacting us at TADA again. I put the words "sustainable development through urban design" in a Google search. You could have done the same thing. This newsletter from the EPA provides a substantial amount of information on the topic. Read the newsletter and the books they recommend. I also suggest that you use your campus library, campus databases, or the internet by focusing on scholarly articles to help you find some more information on your topic.

Wishing you the best.

Dr. Carter

TA-DA!™ Graduates —
Congratulations on Your Success

Hey, Dr. Carter!
Hope you are having fun on your vacay! Just wanted to let you know that I did pass my preliminary exams and I am now a PhD Candidate - ABD! I am going to celebrate! Talk to you when you get back.
- Marcella

Dear Dr. Carter:
I successfully defended my dissertation three weeks ago, I am a PhD! TA-DA was an amazing eye-opener and the FinishLine newsletter kept me on the track while writing my dissertation, especially in the final months that seemed interminable ... I mostly appreciated your suggestion to work on something else (tables, references etc.) when I was not feeling like writing or I had a writer's block. At the end of the day I felt like I still did something toward completion of the dissertation instead of chiding myself for not writing. Thank you very much!
- Claudia, UMBC

I would like to inform you that i have finished my thesis in the begining of march 2007.I took my thesis examination in the middle of march. I graduated on april 27,2007. I would like to say thanks for advise, suggestion, patient guidance me to finished this writing on time. All wonderful friends who always support me to finished in this study. The writer also would like to pay tribute to my parents or families for their high dedication and financial supports during my study at the university.
- X. R..

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What TA-DA!™ Users Have to Say...

If you're still wondering whether or not TA-DA! Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished™ can help you — don’t take our word for it. Take a few moments to read what some of our customers have told us. See how TA-DA!™ helped them...

Ph.D. Doctoral Students…

•  I am just beginning my doctoral coursework but I wanted to get a jump on this thesis stuff so I purchased your product just about the same time I enrolled in my classes! Darlene G

•  Hello Dr. Carter, I met with you a few months ago. I had an impossible deadline to meet: to complete my dissertation proposal in 6 weeks time. I just wanted you to know that I successfully defended the proposal on October 3rd!! Thanks for your help and encouragement! All the best, Harriette W.

•  TA-DA provided me with some useful ideas for how to use short amounts of time that would normally be unproductive completing small tasks that move the dissertation forward. Donnell B.

•  How it (TADA) Helped: In many ways but I will mainly highlight two areas for now. 1. The TADA Calender. The main problem I faced before was how to get down and do my work. But with the TADA Calender, I have made a committment and I everyday I have the motivation to fulfill this commitment. 2. The 12 Minutes Tasks. I was never even aware of some of those requirements. Now I feel more confident since each day I know exactly what is expected of me and I can make an exact plan of how to accomplish them. Dear colleagues in Thesis/Dissertation writing. Anybody wanting to have a peace of mind and confidence in whatever she/he does during the whole Thesis/Dissertation writing, you have no choice but to buy the TADA CD. I won't explain what wonders it will do to you, but buy it and experience it."   Connie, U.K.

•  The commitment to a deadline and to working 12 minutes a day actually reduces stress. I can always do 12 minutes--even if I'm tired, sick, uninspired or grumpy. Facing a deadline makes it feel like I will actually get done! "I have to do my 12 minutes" we say in our house these days. I've been progressing steadily on my dissertation by committing to 12 minutes, and my husband has covered huge amounts of material for an upcoming professional exam. My friend has committed to completing the annulment papers she has procrastinated on for 10 years, and my father-in-law has started studying Spanish 12 minutes a day. Thanks!
Christine, Seattle, WA

•  It helped me to set goals for my chapters and give me some practical strategies for finishing. Also I believe it's good to list your finish date. It gives you something to strive for rather than letting the thesis become nebulous. Martha; Albany, CA

•  TA-DA explains the dissertation process and lifts the curtain to a process that seems impossible to accomplish. It provides strategy for selecting the committee and provides timelines that enable accomplishment of the dissertation within a specific time frame.
Randall; USMC Jacksonville, NC

•  The program helped me to understand the dissertation concept much better. I am a visual individual; the tutorial was a great help.
Deborah; U.S. Army

Master’s Thesis Students …

•  It has helped with the fact that my graduate school does not have a formal format for the proposal. The Journal has helped a lot.
Talia; Naranjito, Puerto Rico

 •  This is a great tool for those who will be starting either their Master's Degree or Dissertation. I highly recommend it.
Teresa; Naguabo, Puerto Rico

•  Requesting that I set a goal date for finishing, kept me focused and it was the first step in accomplishing the task. Also, I kept remembering the words; a good thesis is a done thesis.
Gladys; NY, NY

•  It guided me to a fair start. Gracias!
Jess; San Francisco, CA



Wendy Y. Carter, Ph.D.

About the Author: As a single mother, professor Wendy Y. Carter, Ph.D., completed three masters' degrees and a PhD. Her motto is a Good Thesis/Dissertation is a Done Thesis/Dissertation. She is the creator of a new innovative interactive resource tool on CD—TADA! Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished. To learn more and sign up for her FREE tips and teleclasses, contact us at Privacy is our policy. TADA™ Finishline does not give out or sell our subscribers' names or e-mail addresses.

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10 Mistakes Graduate Students Should Avoid: Mistake #4: Being Unprofessional or Disrespectful to Advisors/Committee Members

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