Yes. We can tell.


(Thanks for making things better, PhD Comics.)

Also, if you wrote your paper the day before you handed it in, we can tell that too. Not that I’ve seen any evidence of that this week, or anything, nooooo.

Thank goodness the knitting respite is still motoring along. More progress updates coming as soon as I’ve got ’em – mulling away on how to do a cable-needle-less cable tutorial, working away at the second sock on my Socks Revived contest entry, and in general trying to transition into the term ending without falling apart over not knowing what exactly my job situation will be afterwards. Fun times, no?

Thank goodness for knitting.


  1. Whatever the situation around you, it sounds like at least you’ve got the right attitude about it! Thank goodness for knitting indeed!

  2. Went back to school a few years ago, so I think I know what you’re dealing with. Couldn’t believe all the kids who never bothered to read the syllabus. You know–that piece of paper that tells you what to study and when you’ll be tested on it? I’ll never forget the time a couple of kids walked up to me, half an hour before class, and asked if we had a paper due THAT DAY. I held up my completed paper and said, “You mean this one?” Amazing. Even my high school IB kid knows better than to pull this kind of crap. Good luck to you, and knit on!

  3. tinebeest · ·

    Often I stand in front of the class wondering if anybody ever listens to a word I say… Seems it is not only my students then πŸ™‚

    I assume when they hand in stuff that hasn’t even been through the most basic spell checker, the students think we don’t read it anyway? So how did they find out I use the darts board method to grade them? πŸ˜‰

  4. If it weren’t for PhD and XKCD, the last five years would have been much more difficult. It is so nice to see there are so many people suffering through the same stupid things I am!

  5. I teach at a school where most of the kids don’t turn the work in anyway… I guess it makes my job easier in some ways, but how sad is that?! Thank the gods for knitting (and beer!).

  6. Amen to that! PhD comics hits so close to home, some days while running around lab and then checking the comic of the day just makes me groan… it’s the life of the academic perfectly summed up! πŸ™‚

  7. Misery loves company. It’s so nice to know I’m not alone. πŸ™‚

  8. I read this cartoon and thoughts of my brilliant high school students began running through my head as the end of my spring break looms and those essays are leering at me from the corner of my desk, daring me to grade them. The cartoon is awesome, and underlines the truth of the matter: in this age of no-personal-interaction-required, students really don’t have a clue what personal responsibility is. Like Michelle, my even getting the gifted kids to turn in homework is like getting blood from a stone; but if they don’t turn in their work, and there are zeroes in the grade book (ours is online for the world to see), the principal considers that YOU haven’t done YOUR job. Knitting keeps me sane.

  9. So funny. So TRUE.

    It is a thankless job right up there rubbing shoulders with being a mother!

  10. I hate to tell you, but I don’t think I know anyone who writes papers before the day before it’s due, at least at my school. I know I can tell a difference, too, in my own writing, but sometimes it’s just too hard to get myself to write before the day before.

    Sooner or later… at least most of my teachers (since I’m working in a second language) allow revisions. πŸ˜‰

  11. I just sent the cartoon to my son who is an undergrad at the University of Rochester (NY).

    I hope the powers that be realize that they need to keep you, at all cost.

  12. Yes, it’s so nice to know that I’m not alone in challenges with students. Do the reading? Ha! But then there are the good ones who make me think it’s worthwhile, sort of.

  13. I think I’m really glad I didn’t go into academia, for as much as I’ve enjoyed the teaching I have done. For one thing, my students would have *hated* me. Hated. Me. And I probably would have burned out fast. Kudos to you for what you do.

    That said, I have to assert that I *never* asked any of those questions as an undergrad. Ever. But I *am* guilty of turning in hastily written papers, and once asking my Costuming prof if she wanted my project partly done now, or all the way done later that day. In my defense, I didn’t want to put up with the raking I’d have gotten in class for not being done. It worked. πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy the kitties and knitting! With any luck, at least some of your little darlings will be visited with students much like themselves one day. πŸ˜‰

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