I wrote about Presentations yesterday and how it is the worst thing that can happen. If there is anything that is more worst than that, then it is the question answer round that follows! I mean, why would you even have such things? It is hard enough for students to give presentations what with our knees trembling and voice suddenly playing peek-a-boo! The person who came up with the idea of questions round after presentations definitely was a sadist!
In our final year of Engineering, we had technical seminars. Everyone had to do it; yes, there was no way out unless you wanted a Zero! We definitely didn’t. So we started getting into mutual agreements. “Don’t ask me questions and I won’t ask you”. Everyone was fine with it because no one really wanted to stand there and look like an idiot having idea how to clear the doubts. So the first two days went smoothly. No one asked anything after the seminars. Ha, we had outsmarted the lecturers! [Students: 1, Lecturers: 0]
But lecturers are lecturers for a reason. They got whiff of the conspiracy and made question answer round compulsory! Minimum 3 questions had to be raised per presentation. If no one did, then they would take the matters in their hands and enjoy the pleasure of asking questions. The seminars that took place on the day this was announced were worst! Poor things, had to face the lecturers’ wrath because no one else dared to ask a question. [Students: 1, Lecturers: 1]
After two days of constant firing, we came up with an idea. We ourselves prepared 3 questions and gave it to our friends. They asked it at the end of the seminar and we answered with practiced ease! The seminars were a breeze again. [Students: 2, Lecturers: 1]
I don’t know how the lecturers understood all our plans! Maybe because it was easy to understand the ploy when the friends itself asked questions or maybe because they had done similar things during their student life. So, the rule changed. Instead of anyone asking question, the lecturers would pick someone at the end of the seminar and they have to ask questions! [Students: 2, Lecturers: 2]
Argh! This was getting out of hand. But we weren’t going to accept defeat. We started texting the questions in our WhatsApp class group. That way, anyone who got picked knew what to ask. Smart, aren’t we? [Students: 3, Lecturers: 2]
Moral of the story: We will do anything to get out of trouble and there is no dearth of ideas!
Can you relate with this post? Did you do anything else to get out of that question answer round and be safe? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section.
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