Key Elements in Good Advising

Lynda B. Williams, PhD: Key Elements in Good Advising

The importance of being open and honest with your advisor.

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Transcript: Key Elements in Good Advising

I think it's exactly that; communication. If you are afraid of your adviser, and I've seen this since I've been here with other people. If you are afraid of asking your adviser or revealing to your adviser that you don't know something, you're not going to mesh. You're not going to understand each other. He or she will always be suspicious that you're hiding something; or you're just not even understanding that you don't know it. They know what you don't know. So being open and honest with them is what I found helpful. In the beginning, I was afraid. I didn't think I should be in graduate school at Dartmouth.

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