How to manage the relationship with your advisor?

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The mentor-mentee relationship is crucial to a good working relationship and positive graduate school experience, so learn the dos and don'ts of managing this important relationship in your life...

  1. Take an active and proactive role in making sure your advisor understands you and that you understand him/her -- including your goals, your strengths, and your weaknesses.
  2. Especially try to identify your mentor's weaknesses because your advisor does have weaknesses, everyone does, including you, so you need to identify them early and find alternative ways of getting those aspects of mentoring that your mentor might not be as proficient at as you would like.
  3. You'll come to learn that it's incredibly time-consuming to take on a graduate student and mentor him/her, so try to emphasize with their situation, and cut them some slack, because soon you will be in their shoes and taking on graduate students of your own.
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