Resources for students
Listed below are articles I’ve written and interviews I’ve given that can be referenced, please ensure you credit these correctly when quoting from them.
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How to approach an expert
You’re asking somebody to give their time for free to help you, so considering how you make your approach will dramatically increase your chances of getting a response.
1. Remember that everybody is very busy and an expert will be more likely to respond if you show that you respect their time. Experts are also human beings, be polite and write an email as if you were speaking to them in person. If you can find somebody who knows them to introduce you that will make a big difference.
2. Be clear about what your thesis idea is to give context to your questions, and to show that you are working hard on your project. But keep this short and sweet.
3. Don’t send a long list of general questions, this gives the impression that you’re asking the expert to write your thesis for you.
4. Research what the expert has already written, most publish books, blogs and research papers — they’re more likely to reply if you’re not asking them to repeat themselves.
5. Ask a maximum of one or two very specific questions. These should build on what the expert has already written and haven’t already been answered elsewhere, it’s fine if you want to query something they’ve said. You’ll make more of an impression if you’ve done the background research, and you’ll more likely end up having a productive and engaging conversation that you both enjoy.
6. Ensure you credit the expert, don’t pretend their views are yours.
7. Remember to say thank you!