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Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Explaining Your Work

There are people who, when you ask them to explain their current project, will always use the exact same wording. I think you should be able to explain what you are doing in a dozen different ways, for different audiences and in different circumstanes. One way of getting yourself unstuck on a project is to explain it in an email to someone who is not in your direct field, or someone who is not an academic at all. You don't even need to send the email.

1 comment:

Andrew Shields said...

That reminds me of my suggestion to students: when you go to a lecture, always formulate a question for the lecturer. You may or may not actually ask it, but putting the question together (and having that as a goal) will help you retain more from the lecture.