Supervision by professors

The conversation with university supervisors and professors can be very stressful.

One reason for this is the hierarchical gap between the chair holder and the student. It is often difficult for students to “demand” a capacity that is virtually on a pedestal. You feel small and do not feel well. In addition, of course, one would like to leave a good impression with his assignee, who finally evaluates the diploma thesis after the work is done. Professors and supervisors often pursue their own goals when awarding thesis topics. For example, undergraduates are often hired for their research projects by submitting topics to sub-items of their own projects. In case of a suggested topic, question the motives of your task leader. If you have the impression of being given a topic that you do not like, they reject the topic. Make your own suggestion or switch to another chair that offers better care.

Structure discussions with the supervisor

Depending on the subject area and the university, discussions with a supervisor are very different. There is therefore no general guidance for the preliminary work. Probably the best kind of preparation is a conversation with a coach, in which necessarily the “emergency situation” should be simulated with the university teacher.

Example questions from the supervisor:

  • What exactly do you want to deal with in your diploma thesis?
  • What is the research question?
  • Which working hypotheses do you already have?
  • Which methods do you want to research?
  • Which theories and concepts do you want to use?
  • Which literature have you already researched and / or read?

Be prepared not only for possible questions from your supervisor, but also ask him questions. The more appropriate and precise your questions are, the more valuable information you will get with it and the more likely it is that your assignee will give you some talk time.

Supervision by lecturers

When writing scientific papers such as the diploma thesis, it is important to consider two levels: the subject-related level and the formal level. If you have written a very good diploma thesis, inadequacies in formal aspects or spelling can significantly lower your grade. If you have out of ignorance often violated “rules of the game” of scientific documentation, this will inevitably affect your score. Secure yourself by presenting your work to an experienced science lecturer for review. Further information on this topic can be found at the Wissenschaftslektorat

Care by coaches

In coaching, the focus is on the technical content level. For example, they teach you how to structure content, weave the “red thread” and work purposefully. More about the help and working methods of diploma coaches