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December 12, 2010

Seminars and students

In my 3 years working as a tutor for various courses here at the University of Warwick,  I have noticed that most students don't really take the seminar classes or the tutors seriously. 

The exceptions are when they need to work out exercises that might come out in the exam or when they need to work on teams for a group project (which will be evaluated).

Usually the first year students are quite diligent but once they enter the 2nd year, somehow they kind of change. 

It used to be worse but somehow improved after it was required to take attendance for seminars with a minimum required attendance. However, it seems that they are taking it less seriously now.

I heard some talk that were not really happy with the fact that PhD students were taking the classes. The thing is that this is a common practise all over the World especially in the US. Furthermore, many PhD students have years of working experience (sometimes more than the lecturers themselves) that students can benefit from. 

I was wondering whether the students would be more serious about their seminars if they were aware that in many cases (not all), their final exam answers and assignments would be marked by the seminar tutors as well. 



Around 3 months to go before I say bye to this blog

I recently received an email from the IT services saying that my account will expire in a month's time. I informed them that my study had been extended till March next year. Soon, I received a response saying that my account has been extended till March next year in line with my student ID number. 

I was quite surprised as I had thought that all the information would have been automatically updated.

Anyway, that was not what this post was about but the fact that I will have access to my account till March and would be able to blog here till then. So what happens after that?

I don't think IT services deletes any of the blogs because some blogs of guys who have since left the University are still online but not updated. 

I know that my account will be deleted which means that I won't be able to post or edit my posts on this blog or any other blog which I am a member of. Of course, I never expected this to last forever but kind of makes me wonder whether the time and effort you have put into this blog was worth it when in the end, the blog doesn't even actually belong to you. It may be hugely popular with thousands of hits but then in the end it doesn't matter.

Is it even your intellectual property?

So if you want ownership of a blog, a place where you can continue ranting or sharing your intimate thoughts, even after you complete your studies at Warwick or in case you are an employee, happen to get employment somewhere else, it might be better off to blog in Blogger or Typepad or Wordpress.


Dilip Mutum

This blog records some of the thoughts and experiences of Dilip Mutum at the University of Warwick. He has been blogging since 2003 and this is but one of his many blogs.

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