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How to Communicate with a Professor


Favorite advisor

In the life of any student comes a moment when he has to choose a supervisor – a teacher who helps to prepare the term paper or diploma. Sometimes the tutor is appointed in the dean’s office, as they say, without options.

This person can:

  • advise on the topic of the work;
  • recommend literature, based on which you will get a five-year work;
  • make comments on a draft and give you the go-ahead to write a clean draft;
  • compose a very flattering review (and this is an additional plus in scoring);
  • ideally, in every way to defend your protégé at the defense.

In reality, much depends on how sympathetic the student is to his or her supervisor, whether the student communicates with him or her respectfully, and whether the student approaches the work responsibly.


  • “wake up” a couple of days before handing in and send the professor a weak draft on the principle of “the hope will fly”;
  • during the whole time of writing to ignore the comments of your tutor because of stubbornness or laziness, then the successful defense of your term paper and even more so your thesis will be a big question.

Scientific advisor

A responsible good science teacher (or not so good, but you are his favorites) can do the lion’s share of the work for the student and be your kind of coursework writing service because he will help you so much in it.

  • He will select the literature – give the necessary books, or advise which library they are exactly where you can buy them, discounts links to download them.
  • Will advise (or even do it for you), how to write the main parts, which the commission looks at the introduction, conclusion, conclusions for each chapter.
  • He will point out the shortcomings in the design, correctly structure a term paper or diploma.
  • Will correct your work if it is frankly weak, and strong, but with minor flaws, will bring it to a solid five.
  • You will learn how to write a defense speech.

If you are not lucky, then the supervisor will nag at each word written in the work, saying that the data is not enough and you need more. You will not get good advice from him, and he will write a devastating review. Accordingly, the student will have a hard time at the defense.

Conclusion – you need to build from the first minute’s communication with the supervisor correctly. The good news: it is not difficult. That you need to be polite and responsible, we have already said. Now the specifics.

Be my… supervisor!

As a rule, academic guidance is negotiated in person, in college, or at university. The student simply goes to the teacher and asks if he agrees.

If an academic supervisor is appointed – neither you nor the teacher, as they say, have no other choice. Only joint work. Immediately you can move on to discussing the topic.

If you have any experience or practice with the chosen topic, be sure to mention it in the letter to the supervisor.

The next e-mail after the choice of topic – is, in fact, a discussion of the work plan. And here, do not think out of the box. After the obligatory polite greetings write to the professor, which paragraphs will be in the content. Without the introduction and conclusion while you can do without, but the title and the main ideas in each chapter must be designated. Specify the literature, which you plan to use, and ask for advice and referral, which other textbooks, articles can be used.

Have you made up your mind? Get to work and don’t procrastinate on the deadline for submitting drafts. If the teacher has indicated a deadline (for example, the first version of the finished term paper or thesis should be sent in two weeks), then do not disrupt it.

Further communication with the supervisor in correspondence – it is painstaking finishing your work together.

I’m writing to you…

In today’s world, a student’s main communication with his or her thesis or diploma advisor is via email. It’s easier this way. After all, there can be a lot of edits in a work. Plus the correspondence stays on the server, and if there is any misunderstanding, you can always get into the archive and clarify points of contention.

Students, mostly very young people, have not encountered business correspondence (or have not encountered much), so mishaps often happen. For example, without any hindsight, the student writes with mistakes, deliberately ignores punctuation marks, does not start sentences with capital letters, in general, does as he is used to in communication with friends. An adult teacher is likely to be annoyed by this.

Tips on how to properly write letters to the supervisor:

  1. Always write from the same address and keep a history of correspondence. Imagine the teacher’s confusion when he receives your letter from different accounts today. Corresponding from your boyfriend or girlfriend’s account is guaranteed to confuse the teacher.
  2. Always say hello at the beginning of the letter, address the scientist in “You” (with a capital letter) and by his or her first name and patronymic. In the end, say goodbye. Yes, no one particularly reads or appreciates these pleasantries, but their absence will certainly be noted.
  3. Even the first version of the work sends it in maximum readiness. Writing “look at part of the second chapter and a piece of the third, the rest I’ll finish later” – not effective.
  • First, after the edits, these parts may be off-topic, and you’ll have to rewrite them too.
  • Secondly, in a fragmented form future term paper or thesis is simply not perceived by the examiner.
  1. You can send letters to your supervisor at any time, even at night or at 5 in the morning, but you should certainly not expect a quick response in these cases. Especially – to send repeated messages half an hour later without an answer, saying whether you have read the work, why you did not respond for such a long time, etc.

So, be polite, in every way show the teacher your willingness to work on the work, listen to comments, and then you from the very beginning will not deny scientific guidance, and later will help to create a good term paper or thesis.