Something weird just happened.
For a specific module that I am taking this semester, it was said that swapping between group members will be entertained as long as:
- It is a mutual swap;
- A email is sent in to the person-in-charge by 10 August;
Knowing that I am a copy and paste guy, why am I quoting the announcement off my memory? This is because the announcement just simply disappeared. Now all that’s left is:
NO MORE SWAPS WILL BE ENTERTAINED! […]
Apparently it was my mistake for interpreting “by 10 August” as “by 5.30pm, 10 August”. The lecturer actually meant it to be “by the 9am lecture on 10 August”. At least this is my conclusion after I attempt to do my swapping today (10 August).
When I approached the person-in-charge the second time wanting to clarify things with him, he seemed really irritated. Add it on top of his rugby-player-like built, it seemed I had stepped on landmine and was gonna get myself torn apart. Luckily I manage to get out of the situation by
acting remaining cool and tried to get him see my point of view.
It’s just a case of miscommunications. No point getting so worked up over it.
So I did not get my group swap in the end. I am sure I can survive that but then again, I must say that I am not very pleased as to how this was managed by the module admin.
- They could just have used “before 10 August” or specify the exact time for the deadline.
- Removing or even editing the previous announcements is just kicking the students way below the belt. It’s like “Take that. Now you have no more evidence against me.” Doing this also shows that they are feeling the guilt but still insisting that they are right.
- As for the person in charge, he could just had explained himself in a nicer tone. He might have a tough day, but still, the students wouldn’t be approaching him if there were no problems.
There are so many different approaches to things:
how you lead;
how you solve problem;
how you teach;
how you learn;
how you communicate;
how you show your love, etc…
Why show the negative side when the positive one would be able to send the same message across?