Supervising Bachelor and Master Theses (January, 12th, + 19th-20th 2023) – Online Training


Writing their final thesis often feels like an unsurmountable, monolithic task for many students. However, it is actually rather a combination of a multitude of diverse tasks and challenges. The supervisor should ideally support students in identifying these and should adapt their assistance to different phases of writing and individual students’ needs.

Finding a balance between demanding independent work and support often turns into a challenge for the supervisors. In this workshop, we will reflect on our role as supervisors, different strategies for support, and constructive feedback. We will also work on grading criteria, your experiences, and possible solutions.

Learning outcomes: The participants will …

  • be aware of their duties and responsibilities in supervis-ing.
  • be able to find out about students’ abilities.
  • have ideas of how to adequately support students in the writing process.
  • train to adapt communication when supervision gets difficult.


  • Topic definition
  • Strategies for motivating and supporting students
  • Providing constructive feedback
  • Evaluation criteria and making them transparent

Preparation and further information:

The workshop is supplemented by tasks for independent work and reflection. These self-study units add up to an additional half workshop day and are credited accordingly.

This workshop can be recognized for the Higher Education Teaching Certificate “Basic Competencies” (Elective Subject Area “advising & supporting”; 16 working units).

Target group: Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all departments and fields of study

Trainer: Dr. Ira Gawlitzek | University of Mannheim


  • Thursday, January 12th, 2023 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 19th, 2023 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Friday, January 20th, 2023 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom Pro. You will receive the link to log in to the virtual room via email by our trainer.

Language: English

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form (wird in neuem Tab geöffnet) and send it signed by your supervisor or adviser via E-Mail:

Ira Gawlitzek studied German and English language and literature in Würzburg and Tübingen. She is a qualified trainer in adult education. She teaches English linguistics at the University of Mannheim, and was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Teaching Award in 2002. She has many years of experience as a trainer in the field of higher education didactics.

Her motto: Few things are more inspiring for a teacher, than seeing students discover their enthusiasm for their discipline and grow in their academic work.

Please note that a registration via the registration form is obligatory for all Ingenium events.

Courses are free of charge for early career researchers of the TU Darmstadt.

Please consider the following information concerning the registration procedure:

  • Please register for each event with a separate registration form.
  • Once your registration form is submitted, your registration is binding.
  • At least two weeks before the event starts, you will receive information about the status of your registration.
  • Registrations are recognised in the order in which they have been submitted.
  • Events will only take place if the necessary number of participants is reached.
  • If you cannot participate in an event for which you have already registered, please contact us immediately to allow people on the waiting list to take your place.
  • In the case of unexcused absence, future registrations will be considered subordinately.
  • If an event is announced in German, it will be conducted in German. If an event is announced in English, it will be conducted in English.

The following applies only to trainings in the qualification programme:

  • The registration form must be signed by your supervisor or adviser.
  • You can register for up to five events per programme.
  • Please send your registration as a scanned pdf version by e-mail.


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