PlantinMoretus Posted October 7, 2015 Share Posted October 7, 2015 This is re: a master's thesis.Advisor and I agree earlier this year on my topic, methods and yadda. Along the way advisor is very hands-off, and pretty much approves whatever I do, with just superficial edits, comments, etc. Tells me I'm ready to defend.At the defense, suddenly I'm hearing about all these problems with my methods. The second reader and chair have big concerns. (Valid ones, I might add. Stuff I was sorta aware of and was surprised my advisor said nothing about. But hey, he approved it.) Then my advisor starts chiming in. I was not prepared to hear at that stage that there were so many problems. Hell a couple weeks before my advisor was talking about re-working the thesis into a publication. So I stumbled badly over that part of the discussion.The final decision was "pass with minor revisions" which is the norm for my program. From past students I never heard any defense stories like mine. Usually they say their defense was fairly relaxed. So I feel like crap!Looking back, what should I have done differently? I mean, it would be weird to challenge your advisor's approval of your work, so I don't know what I should have done. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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