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4/12/11 1:25 A

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Sorry about your advisor. My MS Thesis advisor was absolutely *terrible*, so anyone else doesn't seem quite so bad. But my PhD co-advisors have definitely contributed to the "how not to be an advisor" lessons I've learned while in graduate school.

Obviously, part of it is finding the right personality matches, but it also seems like there must be a definite flaw in the system, what with so many bad advisor stories around. Either that, or as soon as you become a member of faculty, some sort of switch gets flipped and you completely forget what it's like to be a graduate student, or what sorts of needs a student might have.

Here's hoping I find a way to be a better advisor than I've ever had!

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4/12/11 12:58 A

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that reeks--that type of teaching is not for everybody to learn well from. it just doesn't resonate as well and leads to frustrations oftentimes. I'd sometimes end up in frustrated tears on the job when I had a boss like that, and they'd be like "you've done this before" and I'd be like "uh, that was somebody else"--then they'd have that "oh" moment and act like they never screwed me up in the head. grr...

He's gotta mix and match for other people a little, and frankly, socratic method's been around since...well...socrates, for crying out loud. ugh. be good.

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4/9/11 12:53 P

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I need to get this out! Hopefully others can feel free to vent as well.

My advisor believes in a strict Socratic method of teaching, which I have discovered is basically he gets by with the bare minimum of involvement possible and he thinks he's so ground breaking for it. I tried his style for 2 years, and then this semester I realized I would NEVER finish if I waited around for him to help me. I rely on my co-chair for me to get anything done.

Edited by: UREXFROMTEX at: 4/9/2011 (13:13)
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