Trainings: Getting Started with Supervision | Sustaining Supervision | Getting the Best Out of Your Supervisor

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About Supervision Training

Building a professional relationship with your supervisor is a lifelong skill that benefits you both in graduate school and in your professional life. Teaching and Learning Services, in partnership with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, provides a range of tools you can rely on as you navigate your supervisory relationship in an academic context.

The Graduate Supervision website hosts resources for supervisees and supervisors that can help you discuss expectations with your supervisor, keep the lines of communication open with your supervisor throughout your studies, and talk with your supervisor about your professional goals.

The workshops below provide opportunities to identify strategies for improving your supervisory relationship, learn about the resources McGill offers for supervisees, and enhance your skills in a hands-on way.

Are you new to supervision at McGill or in need of an orientation refresher? Getting Started with Supervision is a perfect place to start.

Perhaps you’re familiar with McGill’s resources but you want to learn more about supervisory styles, and how to communicate better with your supervisor? Bring your questions to Getting the Best Out of Your Supervisor and hear how our panel of current students plus an Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies would approach the issue.

If you’re struggling to find a good routine with your supervisor, you are not alone. Sustaining Supervision can help you identify strategies to connect with your supervisor and stay motivated in your studies.


Getting Started with Supervision

This 90-minute interactive workshop will provide McGill graduate students and postdocs with practical approaches to building a productive relationship with their supervisor. Through a combination of discussion prompts and case studies, students will be given the opportunity to explore strategies for communicating with their supervisor, best practices for clarifying expectations, and ways to incorporate work-life balance into both their supervisory relationship and their broader graduate school experience.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify strategies for clarifying expectations with your supervisor 
  • Gain an understanding of the resources available to McGill students around the topic of supervision
October 6, 2022 (online)
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October 26, 2022 (online)
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Sustaining Supervision

This 90 minute interactive workshop will provide McGill graduate students and postdocs with concrete tools to maintain their supervisory relationship. Through a combination of discussion prompts and case studies, students will explore strategies for redefining supervisory expectations, and tactics for staying motivated in both research and thesis work.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify strategies for redefining expectations with your supervisor
  • Discuss approaches to staying motivated
November 14, 2022 (in person)
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Getting the Best Out of Your Supervisor

Looking for advice to make your relationship with your supervisor stronger? Join us for a panel discussion with current grad students and associate dean Professor Nathan Hall to learn about the importance of the supervisory relationship and the impact it can have on your graduate experience. In this session, you will be introduced to different supervisory styles, learn strategies on how to handle disputes and misunderstandings, and hear how to distinguish between your responsibilities and those of your supervisor. You will also be given the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion.

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognize the impact your supervisory relationship can have on your graduate student experience
  • Identify differing supervisory styles
  • Locate on-campus resources relevant to supervision 

The panel is held twice a year: once in the fall semester and once in the winter semester.

November 22, 2022 (online)
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For questions about Supervision training, please email skillsets [at] (subject: Supervision%20training) .

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