Have a 30 minute meeting with your supervisor at least every 40hrs
of work you put into the project. This makes sure you don't go
too far off the intended plan.
After each meeting, send a brief list of the main points to your
This makes sure that your supervisor has a chance to correct
misunderstanding. Moreover, it helps the supervisor prepare for
your next meeting.
Your supervisor is one of your project's resources.
Be conscious of the time the supervisor spends on the project -
(s)he only has a finite amount of time to dedicate to you, and
it isn't much. Moreover, make sure to direct your supervisor's
attention to the parts where you want or need assistance. Don't
send 30 pages of new writing without instructions. If you
send 30 pages of newly written text, explain what it is you
would like your supervisor to do (check outline, focus on this
section, check the argumentation, etc.).
Even when your supervisor says "we ...": it is your
project, not theirs. You need a passing grade, your supervisor
doesn't. Your supervisor may provide ideas, suggestions and
directions for the project, but it is up to you to choose and it
is up to you to defend your choices.
If you're not sure: ask your supervisor for advice!
Supervisors are guides
Your supervisor's primary role towards you is to guide the
project. Even if your supervisor is also one of the persons
grading the project, note that this is separate from guiding the
Create a planning and keep it up to
Give some thought to how the project should go. Keeping the
project planning somewhat up to date will help you (and your
supervisor) keep track of how the project is going.