Week 8: How is it going? Just to be clear this is a twelve-week term. So the modules finish on December 16th. But then you have until January 9th to hand-in your work. Different advisors have different cut of dates for feedback. That is when you have to have work in by in December if you want feedback before you hand-in your work. Check you know when the cut off date is and any other requirements your advisor has. I would leave the last two weeks of the term for writing what I am handing in (December).
Try to do as much as you can, so that drafts are as clear as possible. Make drafts a ‘full-out dress rehearsal’, so that you can see where your problems are.
Think about what will work for you in-terms of your personal and work life over Christmas: so that you give yourself enough time to do what you want to do.
Don’t leave all the nagging things you think you aught to do any longer. Get them done now. If there is a task you really want to do but didn’t get round to do it this week. You need to give yourself time to learn from it.
Overall everyone seems well in the stew of thinking and doing. Just make sure you are not in ‘I must do that mode’ be in ‘I’m doing’. Time is going to go by quickly.
Principle one: only ask for feedback if you are interested in possibly changing what you have created. Do not ask for it as away to engage someone in talking about you work.
I wrote a funny thing about feedback maybe Akin or another graphically gifted person can make it a cartoon. In my head it is a cartoon:
My process for receiving feedback cycle!!
1) Oh, my God that’s right, that’s a much better way to do it than I did!
2) I can’t do it, I can’t change it, maybe I just can’t achieve this.
3) Wait a minute maybe she (the feedbacker) doesn’t really know what she is talking about. I think my work is fine.
4) I feel really sick (fat=cultural / social conditioning , etc… or other excuses for feeling not up to things and just wanting to go back to bed)
5) O.K. that’s better, I think I did, need to develop that etc…
6) Oh my God I’m brilliant; she (the feedbacker) is amazing to be able to see my amazing potential.
7) New feedback
1) Oh, my God that’s right…
2) I can’t do it….