Happy new year 2016 everyone!
In my previous post @ PhD mosaic page, I emphasise on three important things in PhD. One of them is supervisor. Selecting supervisor is the most important step you will have to take. In general, students do not select their supervisors; their supervisors are allocated by the department or, in fewer cases, their supervisors may have selected them. :)
There is certain basic information that you need in order to be confident that a particular academician is an appropriate person to supervise you. The questions you need to ask yourself include the following:
Well, there are two type of supervisee-supervisor relationship. The first one is independent relationship (autonomous) and secondly, we could call it as an effective research assistant. I explain this in detail in my book (PhD mosaic- if you are a postgraduate student, you should have one).
There are pros and cons of these two type of relationship. However, from my point of view, it is good to be independent as well - not to rely on your supervisor. This will help you a lot during viva in defending your work because you can master your work as you do your own research with minimal guidance.
As a PhD student, it is also important for you to know what supervisor expect from you. The supervisor expect you:
P/s: kat bawah ni picture bersama 3 ex supervisor. Seribu kisah suka duka bersama supervisor yg sampai sekarang masih terbayang. sometimes mereka boleh jadi very 'çool' but most of the time very harsh/ strict or maybe cruel.. hehe.. But it's ok, it is my beautiful PhD journey and until now, I'm still in touch with them.
Many thanks to you guys for a wonderful, sweet and sour memories of PhD. You guys transformed me!
Later in the next post saya citer kisah ditinggalkan supervisor ya kawan2.. Dulu saya 4 bulan tiada SV. My 1st appointed SV tinggalkan saya and saya tahu pun dari org lain, tapi alhamdulillah, saya survive. One thing you guys have to remember, people in out dalam uni or any organisation is normal. If waktu PhD, kamu ditinggalkan, it's ok, sebab itu normal. dulu saya juga rasa marah, lepas dah habis PhD saya start faham. Yang penting, never give up and follow the flow, Insyallah habis lah PhD kita.
Nanti la saya citer ya. sebab panjang kisah tu.
Nor Aida Abdul Rahman (NAAR)
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