The word “evaluate” is sometimes associated with an action to monitor subordinates. However, we need to do the same task to decide whether the advisor has performed well.
- Consider whether the advisor has acted professionally: Because education advisors are professionals, they should also act professionally. Not only they need to dress well, it is also important to work professionally as well. Choosing an advisor may feel like choosing a life partner. There should be a good emotional connection, but it is still need to maintain a professional relationship. In this case, advisors should be able to lighten the work load, because students are often overwhelmed by various tasks and assignments. Advisors don’t need to help students directly in writing a paper or performing a research, but they could suggest an ideal intensity of the detail, length of the paper and correct statistical analysis method. Proper suggestions will greatly save time and advisors should be flexible enough to provide more appropriate advices for specific students.
- Consider whether advisors have informed them properly: We should make sure that advisors have sent us enough email messages on a regular basis. This should be kept up for the whole duration of the educational process. Students often work hard and they need to be evaluated properly by the advisor. In this case, students need to evaluate whether they have been evaluated by the advisor, which is an obvious thing to do. As an example, when deadlines approach, it is important to make sure that advisors are willing to remind students about it. This will make sure that students are able to fulfil their agreed schedules. Obviously, students should make sure that they have other tools to remind themselves about impending deadlines. As an example, they could attach scrap of papers on highly visible areas at the living space. They should keep track of how many days or weeks are remaining before the project should be completed. In this case, it is important to make sure that students can keep their schedules fulfilled.
- Consider whether advisors can accept refusals: Some advisors could actually assign tasks outside dissertation and thesis process. In fact, they could ask students to do something that’s natural in nature. In this case, advisors should be able to accept it properly, if students refuse politely.
- Consider whether advisors make sensible corrections: We should make sure that advisors don’t riddle us with too many corrections. In this case, we should make sure that advisors could also work like an editor. They should be able to suggest appropriate changes and make sensible advices when deadlines are approaching. They should be genuine in trying to help students with their thesis and dissertation. When suggesting changes, advisor should be able to show their professionalism and correctness in their action. Advisors shouldn’t immediately suggest a change when they only read a few sentences. They will take time to evaluate the thesis and dissertation drafts; so they could provide better analysis.