Coddling by Research Mentor

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by TiptoeConqueror, Sep 23, 2014.

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  1. TiptoeConqueror

    TiptoeConqueror 2+ Year Member

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    Has anyone had the experience of a research mentor maybe helping a student TOO much? I recently worked on an abstract for which we decided to change the topic to something else before submission. I just felt like I had too much input from my mentor the second time around and so it no longer feels like my abstract. It makes me feel inadequate. Am I the only one with this experience? How much help do grad students typically get from their mentors on various things?
     
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  3. thewesternsky

    thewesternsky 10+ Year Member

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    Are you early in grad school? This sounds completely normal to me. Get used to it-- It'll help you improve. :)
     
  4. TiptoeConqueror

    TiptoeConqueror 2+ Year Member

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    Yes, I am early. Thanks for the feedback! Glad it's not abnormal.
     
  5. Rivi

    Rivi 7+ Year Member

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    Enjoy the guidance, learn from it. This is a good problem to have.
     
  6. PsychPhDStudent

    PsychPhDStudent 7+ Year Member

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    My experience was that I was "scaffolded"...lots of attention/feedback at the beginning, and it tapered off over time. :) Sounds pretty typical to me, especially as you get to know your mentor's style.
     

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