Essay Feedback: What they really mean.
Tutor: Come in, have a seat. Would you like some tea?
This is going to take a while.
Student: Thank you, yes please.
We have to pay for tea down stairs
Tutor: Thank you for getting your essay to me in plenty of time
If you hadn’t then there would not have been time to rectify all the heretical statements
Student: I thought it best to get started early
I have no idea about the subject in the slightest
Tutor: You have made some interesting points here
I said interesting, not necessarily good
Student: I tried to cover all the areas of the question
I wrote everything I could find on the internet on the subject
Tutor: This reference is a little obscure
When cutting and pasting from the internet, check the references first
Student: I found it gave an interesting angle on the subject
I knew you wouldn’t like it – that’s why I put it in
Tutor: I would like to see development in the methodology of this essay
I would like to see some sort of structure at least
Student: My essay style is rather more free flowing
I found that if I pasted paragraphs together quickly it sounded fine with an ‘and’ or a ‘but’ here and there.
Tutor: Would you say the ethical arguments you posit in your individual syncretistic didactic style counterbalance the meta-narrative of the subject?
wriggle out of this one
Student: The language one uses is merely the vehicle for ones views
I’m a post Witgenstinian and I don’t need to understand it.
Tutor: Moving on to your conclusion
I’ve had enough of this
Student: I was carefully drawing together the stands of this essay
I wrote this bit myself
Tutor: Did you feel you were challenged academically with this assignment?
Did you understand a word I was saying in the lectures?
Student: The lectures were stimulating and interesting
Tutor: Please consider my comments when you submit for summative assessment
Re-write it. From the beginning
Student: Thank you for your time
Thanks for the tea
Tutor: Don’t mention it.
No, really, don’t mention it. Everyone wants tea.