Four levels of research commitments can be classified for students (see below). Each of you shall classify yourself to one of these levels. Each of you shall try you best to reach or keep in Level 1. Not many students are currently reaching or staying in Level 1.
There are positive iterations when you reach Level 1. When a student is efficient and effective in finishing research tasks, the advisor will work with the student on coming out new good ideas for the next research project. If the student stays on an existing old research project for a long time, before the advisor works with the student on a new good research project, the advisor will wait for the student to finish the old one up or wait for the student to tell the advisor that the existing old project has no hope and the student would give it up.
Some students fall into Level 4. It is a very dangerous situation. Staying on Level 4 can cause you to stay in the program for a long time without producing any research results.
Level 1. Self-propose timeline in research tasks and often succeed in accomplishing the research tasks
Level 2. Self-propose timeline in research tasks but often lag or fail in accomplishing the research tasks
Level 3. No self-proposed timeline in research tasks but be willing to discuss with the advisor in research timeline
Level 4. No self-proposed timeline in research tasks and even no responses upon the advisor?s requests on checking research status