Thursday, February 17, 2005

My name's not Claire

Just a tip for the professors:
If no one is raising their hand to answer your question, not even the gunners who ALWAYS have an answer, then one of the following is probably true:

1. We forgot the question already. Yes, it’s only been 20 seconds since you started to ask the question. We have short attention spans, especially 15 minutes before lunch.

2. We don’t understand the question. Please rephrase – don’t just repeat – it. Remember, we can’t read your evil minds.

3. We don’t understand the question, because we didn’t really understand what you said before it, so back up and try again. We’ll get it eventually.

4. We don’t care. It’s 5 minutes until the end of class, and yes, that shouldn’t matter, but it’s 3 p.m. on Thursday, and tomorrow’s another day.

5. It seems too easy, and we no longer trust the “obvious” answer, so we are thinking really hard about every possible loophole. Give us a minute, and one of us will come up with the answer. Please don’t say “Were you all here 20 minutes ago when I went over this?” We already feel stupid most of the time; we don’t need help in that department.

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