Considering some of these issues and practices should help you with the planning and managing of your research, and your supervisor. You have a right to adequate and good quality supervision. You will find it useful to get into good working habits with your supervisor(s) and maintain good relations with them so that you can exchange ideas, seek and use suggestions, and avoid any personality clashes. You will also find it useful to get in touch with peers. Their support is most helpful with regard to research in progress and troubleshooting (see Chapter 14 on peer-support systems). But it is up to you to manage your project and your time, and to have a clear idea of your goals. You should also be realistic with what you plan, how you work and how you will readjust when things are going wrong, when things are going well, and how to ensure that you produce a sufficiently conceptually complex, well-researched, well-expressed and argued, well-presented postgraduate research project that genuinely contributes to research in the field. This can and should be a very satisfying process and experience.
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