Supervising Bachelor and Master Theses (January, 23th + 30th and February, 6th 2025) – 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 supervising.
  • 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 (opens in new tab) “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

Language: English


  • Thursday, January 23th, 2025 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 30th, 2025 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 6th, 2025 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • + additional self-study units via moodle

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

Registration: Please fill in the Ingenium registration form (opens in new tab).

Ira Gawlitzek (opens in new tab) 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.

You would like to participate in Ingenium events but do not have child care during that time? Here you can find more information about short-term child care at TU Darmstadt (opens in new tab).