I'm in a pickle 😱
@emacsomancer Pickle b/c this is exactly the kind of busy work that that generates no value for no one and eats into my actual productive time.
The prof knows what we'll be presenting. They could've done it way more efficiently and easily. But instead we do this and it hurts both my productivity and learning opportunities of my colleagues.
I'm fine with a shit ton of reading or writing a couple reports. But this kind of constant minutiae consumes the whole joy and fun of grad school for me.
@emacsomancer I'm a grad student, I can prepare a silly report and a coherent presentation on almost any topic on the face of this earth. I'm fine with a couple reports or term papers to prove this, but it's been more than a baker's dozen so far, and there's many more to do. Three term papers, couple more presentations, reports on articles we're assigned to read.
At this level I want to be trusted and if I or others don't do their reading, we just face the consequences.
@emacsomancer Ouch 🤦 I'm sorry 🤷 You kinda inadvertently touched a sore spot and I just unloaded it all 😆
I've one prof who's all about pointless busywork, and another who generally wouldn't do this, but I guess either she thinks she's helping us keep engaged or maybe the faculty puts a pressure on them, and she's been flexible wrt deadlines and stuff.
The 1st tho, pandemic or not, she does 3 or 4 lectures then has us do everything else. I doubt she cares about science or teaching.
@emacsomancer A past students once told us in one particular semester he was her only student for a course, and she had him do >20 presentations _and_ had him actually do them in class. To an audience of one person: the professor herself.
So I doubt there's _any_ room for improvement with this one. Also, I generally don't shy away from criticising or suggestions but it doesn't really work on a video call..
IDK, I only have 4 more weeks, then it'll all be about my thesis and I'll be relieved.
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