“I know this is a lot of new information”



Sometimes presenters try to reassure their audience by saying “I know this is a lot to take in”, or “I know this is a lot of new information.”

That tends to backfire, because it comes off as condescending.

It can also send the message that it’s not…

beautifulgorgeousmary said:

I’m a grad student in mathematics. Because math can be hard, professors have to signal a difference between “hard, and you should be processing like a mofo right now trying to keep up” and “hard: wait, because you’ll get it only after we show this classic example as a koan”.

realsocialskills said:

How do you indicate which is which?

ahandsomestark said:

Usually they’ll say something like wait for an example or etc. But yeah in econ classes they have to do the same things. Because there are some things that if you didn’t take a lower level class that isn’t an exact pre req you’re just not going to understand (for example if you don’t know micro) and the teacher is basically saying if you can’t keep up with this right now then you should probably drop the class because he isn’t going to reteach it, but other things that will make sense once you see more of it.

realsocialskills said:

Yeah, there’s definitely situations where you need to indicate things like “This probably doesn’t make sense yet, but it will if you bear with me”.