Week 112: Promotion

Luca has received a job promotion to a management role in the public sector he works for! I am more than happy to know that his hard work was finally acknowledged and that it paid off. Over the past year, he has had a very tough time at work, physically and mentally, in providing a better and prompt service, and cooperating with social workers. The job requires long and intensive hours and mental capacity.


Receiving feedback

While Luca was promoted, I also had a great experience with lots of tears… critical feedback on my chapter draft for research and critical comments after the class observation of my teaching.

My supervisors must be feeling so tired because I am incompetent, and I was confused between conceptual principles and analytical categorisation. To clarify them, I spent so much time reading, writing and revising. They have been patient and given me concrete examples to help my understanding. Moreover, my boss’s feedback on my teaching was critical, but she also said, “I am retiring soon, and this will be my last chance to convey what I know and what I can say to tutors in their early career.” In both situations, I knew that my supervisor and my boss were being kind to me and tried to provide detailed and effective feedback to improve my skills.

Sometimes criticism is necessary. Everything is for my growth. I said “thank you” many times, but it took days to calm down from my emotional reaction, face the feedback again, and become motivated again.

One thing I learnt as a tutor was that we must be able to imagine the students’ futures and make sure that the students can appropriately perform in possible future situations with the knowledge we teach them. Some tutors and lecturers are strict with their students because they think about their students’ futures more seriously.


My achievements in Week 112

  • received crucial feedback on my research and teaching
  • finished a full transcript of one case

Goals for Week 113

  • have meaningful supervision days
  • make a full transcript of one case