Supervisory meetings – communicating your thinking

Sometimes I worry that I have nothing to show for all that I have been thinking and reading. But how do you ensure that you properly reflect to your supervisors what you have learned and discovered from your reading. How do actually present that? How do you communicate your current thinking and the connections you are making. Do you have to write an essay for them before each meeting to summarise what you have found out? What about if things are still so up in the air that all I have written down are some handwritten scribbles in a notebook or annotations in the margins of articles. I don’t think I could write everything up nice and neatly before every meeting as it is almost like nothing is quite ready yet to be put to print in a nice neat way.

This is the question I am asking my supervisors tomorrow. What is the best and most useful way to show you what I have learned and read and have been thinking to move the project forward?

© Annika Coughlin 2014

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2 comments
  1. Hi! I struggle with the same thing but I find mind maps really helpful if you start with a central theme and jot down things you are thinking from there, they also allow you to link things you didn’t realise were related before and are a neat way to keep track of ideas. You can always share them with your supervisors or make notes from it for them. Good Luck xx

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