Learning styles, and the fallibility of grown ups - Sally's Journal
Learning styles, and the fallibility of grown ups|
|Date:||December 12th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)|| |
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.
|Date:||December 12th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)|| |
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.