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Author Mike Lowry is a freelance writer and former nursing academic.
Abstract Writing a dissertation can be stressful; one of the keys to success is for students to have a positive, fruitful relationship with their dissertation supervisor, whose guidance can be a great asset. Making the most of this important relationship starts with meeting the supervisor early in the process to agree on roles and expectations. This article, part of an occasional series on study skills, gives an overview of how students and supervisors should handle the process, what each party's responsibilities are, and how to resolve potential conflict.
Citation Lowry M (2018) Making the most of the relationship with your dissertation supervisor. Nursing Times [online]; 114: 1, 43-46.Key points
Dissertation supervisors provide emotional, academic and personal management support to their studentsKey points
Students and supervisors should agree from the outset what they can expect from each otherKey points
Students should endeavour to attend meetings, submit work on time and reflect on the process and learningKey points
Supervisors should be supportive and nurturing but also challenging, and avoid creating dependencyKey points
There is emotional labour involved for both sides, and this should be acknowledged as part of the process