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December 12th, 2005
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Learning styles, and the fallibility of grown ups

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From:aldabra
Date:December 12th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
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Yes, you are me.

I think it was partly this conversational dynamic that lost me the PhD; the chief examiner in the viva was very much in the loudly hostile school, and I just curl up silently under that. I want an intelligent constructive conversation, FCOL, not a shouting match.

Can you get as far as "I think the flow reverses here" rather than "Do you think the flow reverses here?"? You're labelling it as a thought rather than a substantiated truth, but you're keeping ownership of it rather than passing all the conversational momentum to the other guy.
From:griffen
Date:December 12th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
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This would be a good start. At the PhD level you're expected to know what you're talking about; as someone above said, you're assumed to be the expert.

Phrasing does matter, and it does help, in academia, to be a bit more direct than you're probably comfortable with being.
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