Why You Shouldn't Email Your Advisor Back Right Away

Why You Shouldn't Email Your Advisor Back Right Away

Grad students have a hard time keeping the lines between school and home separate. When your advisor finally emails you back, it feels like you need to be ready no matter what you’re doing. However, given what we know about work-nonwork conflict, grad students should proceed with caution.

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Responding to Your Graduate Advisor’s Negative Feedback

Responding to Your Graduate Advisor’s Negative Feedback

Sent a draft to your advisor and got it back dripping with red ink? Does it mean that you should quit? Not at all! How, then, should you handle negative feedback from your advisor?

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Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Advisor Won’t Respond to Your Emails? Avoid Inbox Oblivion with these Seven Tips

Your graduate advisor is a human being (I have scientific evidence to confirm this…in an unpublished manuscript) and as is common for human beings, they tend to avoid things that are difficult or aversive.  Your long, rambling, obsequious, and convoluted emails with statements disguised as questions and vice-versa qualify as both difficult and aversive to address, and so will be avoided.  

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