…Dr. ** didn’t mention that Glutamate is the most abundant - that question wasn’t very nice along with the amino acid transmitters. Yes, it was on your slides, but those weren’t uploaded at 9:30pm yesterday. Why are we tested on things you talk about after the quiz? I understand that its really hard to be working on your degree and working as TA , but it’s not cool to test us on things Dr. ** doesn’t mention in lectures where the quiz material should come from. Sorry.
Best Regards, [student]”
so, i’m not “very cool” or “nice”. whatever. i’m not the one failing the quizzes. so there.
So, I was editing a draft of a student’s paper, and saw that this student had left “(cite)” in the paper in place of filling in the proper citation - it happens to all of us occasionally, right? So I highlighted the (cite) and wrote the following track changes comment:
"Do this! :)"
Meaning, clearly, that the student should cite the source. I received the following email from my student:
"First, for the citation for the old literature about [topic], you put the note ‘Do this :)’ Does it mean i should add a smiley face???"
I like this student a lot, but oh, honey, no. No it does not mean that.
Thanks for your response. But I guess you missed my second questions about slide 59. I appreciate if you can also answer that as well.
Me: “Have you taken the time to read the posted review article? All of the material from the slides is from that article, including detailed descriptions of the circuitry you’re asking about. It might save us both some time if you look over the article. If after you’ve read through it, you still don’t understand, then I’d be happy to try to explain further.”
I actually read the article. But the article goes way beyond the extent of detail that was discussed in the class and that makes it very difccult to pin point answers.”
TA’s at my university are evaluated at the end of the quarter with a standardized survey. But there is an opened ended section on the other side of this survey with “free space” for students to write comments and suggestions meant to improve our TA’s “skills.” One of my students used to the space to write the following, “I love your clothes! Where do you buy them?” Clearly, a job well done. :/
"We predicted an interaction, such that females will be rated higher than males". I corrected him/her by writing: "That’s not a description of an interaction. That’s a description of a main effect of gender."
"We predicted an interaction, such that there will be a main effect of gender such that females will be rated higher than males."
In response to a question about what conclusions could be drawn from a confidence interval:
Meaning that the effect on endurance of the herbs is somewhere in between that interval, especially if the null hypothesis is true and there is an effect, which clearly, according to the test or situation there is an effect, the question now is what the effect is and where in the interval it lies, and how large the interval is.
I gave her a 0 but told her she should run for governor of Alaska.
my favorite student (email 1 of an endless number....)
"I received an email from you about your office hours being changed to 12:30 to 1:30 on Tuesday. I am wondering is that going to be for everybody? Or can I still come to your regular office hours? I realy appreciate if you can respond as soon as possible, since the final is getting close."
Oh, no, no- I changed office hours for everyone BUT you. Of course I’ll hold private office hours just for you!!
From the “Methods” section of a student’s lab report: “For details on the methods, refer to the lab manual”. I wonder if he answers “For the answer, refer to the textbook or ask the professor” for every exam question.