"I find the optional informal small group seminars very useful. Since they address many specific aspects of the thesis (e.g., defining the problem or time management) in a practical way (methodological recommendations and sharing of experiences), they help me concretely in my thesis-related endeavors."
"The seminars between students are very enriching since they allow us to acquire the methodology and good practices for writing a thesis, in a more personalized and practical way than a lecture. They are also very good practices for studying in general, such as time management or speed reading. Not to mention that it creates a very nice little group and makes writing the dissertation less lonely."
"During the seminars: in addition to being very interesting and related to the progress of our work, they allow us to discuss concrete problems that we encounter in our work and especially to see that we are not alone!”
“Outside of the seminars: the organization of the faculty's courses does not encourage meeting and therefore exchanging with other students.”
"Thanks to this form of learning, we feel less in a teacher/student relationship and more in an expert-to-expert dynamic, even though we are junior experts. I think this technique helps with the job search and at the beginning of one's career because of the development of self-confidence as well as a responsible professional attitude."
"I particularly appreciate this support: the teacher is always ready to help and advise me in my research and her method is very clear. We do PVs of each meeting to remember what was said and decided and to make sure we understood the same thing, and she always sets me a goal, an assignment or at least something to do for our next appointment, which is very motivating and pushes me to move forward in my work."
"I must say that this mentoring system is a privilege, because the essential points on the long road of the dissertation are reviewed and explained, which helps to de-dramatize this work that so impresses students."
"The discussions we have are very productive, without giving me the solutions, the teacher allows me to not spread myself too thin, to ask myself the right questions and to deepen my research if necessary by pointing out the important aspects I am not seeing."