The tutor, the thesis and the research topic
A thesis tutor is a guide and evaluator of our thesis. He is an expert or, at least, a person familiar with the subject of the study that we intend to carry out. It guides us and, when the work is finished, endorses it so that it can be defended before a jury. On some occasions, it may or may not be part of the panel of professors who will make the final evaluation of the thesis.
In short, a tutor is a fundamental ally to properly develop the topic, has more professional and academic experience, will surely give us very valuable advice.
When we are not sure of the subject we wish to study or we do not have it sufficiently delimited, the tutor can intervene in our benefit. If the topic of the thesis has been a suggestion or an election of the tutor, it can respond to two motivations: the first is a subject that the tutor has a broad command of and considers that it could easily guide the student; the second, the idea proposed is not from your area of expertise and would like to know more about the matter.
While we would believe that the first option is the most favorable, there is the possibility that the tutor monopolizes the study completely, thus reducing the opportunity to generate own ideas and truly innovative knowledge.
On the other hand, with the second option the tutor would not put himself or the student at a disadvantage. On the contrary, he would have to expand his knowledge and deal with something new, which, in addition to motivating, would allow the student to explore, under his own terms, the subject of his thesis.
Generally, teachers prefer to collaborate with interesting and original theses, that imply a true investigation and lead to the overcoming. Remember, an innovative thesis is also a contribution from which they can take advantage.
It may be the case that the tutor uses the research of the thesis as part of a long-term study, which the same teacher directs. That is, it is a collective work in which the thesis and tutor benefit mutually. Obviously, in these collective works the parties must agree and the tutor is in the duty to give the corresponding credit to the thesis for the study achieved.
Likewise, the student will have the opportunity to participate in a research of greater importance and scope. However, there are certain drawbacks that you should take into account:
The tutor may end up imposing a topic that does not appeal to the thesis student. This would make the work unnecessarily heavy, so that the thesis student would dedicate himself exclusively to collect data for a simple thesis, without including interpretations of results with the student’s own ideas. Subsequently, the tutor will use for their own research, part of the material collected by the student, but without citing it.
The tutor uses the work of the thesis without permission and passes on the words of another, that is, plagiarism.
HOW TO AVOID PROBLEMS?
Before choosing a tutor consult with classmates or previous thesis of the teacher in question, so you can know the way of working of a certain teacher. Of course, it would be best if you had your own learning experience with the teacher before choosing the tutor.
You must be understanding. Just because someone, your tutor or another person has similar ideas to yours does not mean that you are doing plagiarism. With the massification of education is increasingly difficult to find a topic that no one has studied before.
Do not be discouraged in accepting a thesis topic from your tutor, you can get much benefit from the collective projects. Keep in mind that if a tutor makes a proposal of that type, it means that he trusts your abilities and responsibility.
Evaluate if it suits you or if instead you prefer to choose a topic on your own.