How are you guys doing? I am a newbie here and would really like to have some sort of communication with strangers (soon friends) about my current studies.
I am in the final term of my masters and I am feeling anxious and lost especially due to the recent strike. Don't get me wrong, I totally support my lecturers on this matter. However, I need to be frank that losing A LOT of contact hours is not what I has signed up for. As taught master is only a year and I am an international student, I believed that I had much more to gain from the lost contact hours. I tried to work independently, did group discussion and tried to read as much articles that I could, yet, I did not feel the same satisfaction as attending classes.
And now, I am having break for the Easter and I need to carry on one research, two assignments and one dissertation. I am feeling overwhelmed of all this! I am uncertain of my capabilities right now and I am terrified if I could not produce great results.
Fuh! that feels good. I am sorry for this prattle. I just need to spill it out. Thanks for reading!
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For the record I'm a lecturer but I wasn't at a striking University. PM you are always going on about needing to stand up for yourself, well that is exactly what the lecturers have done. I guess you just don't like it when it affects you or your daughter? I suppose you think a strike would still be effective in the middle of summer? Lecturers don't ask to become rich (most won't) but have asked for the terms and conditions they signed up to to be protected.
In relation to what students can do. You will need to be active in your learning, which it appears the OP has done. It might not be as satisfactory but the whole situation isn't really satisfactory. The Universities themselves will have to come up with a solution to mitigate the damage done, so personally as a student I wouldn't be too worried. It will be top of the Universities' agendas as to what they are going to do. The lecturers don't intend to damage their students' education, obviously. In fact it might be an education in people power. It is unfortunate that students are the innocents caught in the crossfire here, but ultimately (especially as most students support lecturers) they are both fighting for future students.
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