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User: masterdisappear - 25 March 2020 02:19

Hi, I am a first year Master Student. I found it really hard to communicate with my advisor. Since I am only first year student and everything is new to me. When I came to present my work to him, I give Powerpoint but he yelled at me and told me to give Word Document. In the next meeting, I give him Word Document, but he yelled at me and told me to give Powerpoint. I asked Senior Student but they told me that I was right to gave him powerpoint. I expect to get input when I met my advisor but he never gave me any input or feedback to what I did. My advisor never replied any progress that I sent to him, but when I met him, he yelled at me and he claimed that I never sent him any report. I already told him that I always send weekly report but he resisted. It seems that it became personal that when I met him on the street. He yelled at me for something that is not my fault. If you guys ever faced the typical problem as I did, please share.. Thanks

User: Tudor_Queen - 26 March 2020 10:19

This doesn't sound good. Are you based in the UK? Is he actually shouting at you? :-/ Do you have a second advisor or is he the only one?

User: PhoenixFortune - 26 March 2020 13:45

Quote From masterdisappear:
Hi, I am a first year Master Student. I found it really hard to communicate with my advisor. Since I am only first year student and everything is new to me. When I came to present my work to him, I give Powerpoint but he yelled at me and told me to give Word Document. In the next meeting, I give him Word Document, but he yelled at me and told me to give Powerpoint. I asked Senior Student but they told me that I was right to gave him powerpoint. I expect to get input when I met my advisor but he never gave me any input or feedback to what I did. My advisor never replied any progress that I sent to him, but when I met him, he yelled at me and he claimed that I never sent him any report. I already told him that I always send weekly report but he resisted. It seems that it became personal that when I met him on the street. He yelled at me for something that is not my fault. If you guys ever faced the typical problem as I did, please share.. Thanks
That doesn't sound like acceptable behaviour from your supervisor, especially if he is literally yelling at you over everything. Make sure if you send him anything by email that you tick the box that requests the receiver to send a reading receipt. If you have a personal tutor or second supervisor, speak to them about the situation. Someone at your student union might also be able to help.