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Saturday, August 14, 2021

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐋𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐈 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐌𝐲 𝐈.𝐓 𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞

                          •Cynthia

By Cynthia Oluchi

Continuing from the first lesson which was published earlier by this medium, so, my department set up three panels for the SIWES defense. In the same manner, the students were divided into three groups, each one for each panel. You understand, right?

I was in Panel A.

The exercise kicked off almost immediately; students went in turns to face the panels assigned to them.

Before then, we had asked questions about the exercise from our predecessors, especially how long it would take the panel to assess each student.

We learned it took roughly 5 to 10 minutes.

But the first student who went in from my group had spent over 30 minutes already. We confirmed it was not normal when students from other groups were getting done in their turns. The pace difference was very obvious.

By the time the girl came out, she was sweating profusely, so much that we needed no one to tell us how hot the seat she came out from was.

The second person who went in spent almost the same length of time, just about five minutes less or so... Haba!

The third person went in, and this time, the time was slashed to almost half. Okay... The tension around us was coming down.

In that manner, the time spent per head drastically reduced up to less than the envisaged five to ten minutes. That was also how the questions thrown at students became lesser and lesser with each student.

By the time I got in, being the third to last person, I spent less than five minutes with the panel. The two persons that went after me did less than three minutes.

When I analyzed this, it occurred to me that time remains a master in the field of excellence, and only the skilled one knows how to spread his activities in the time he has available, if he seeks optimum output.

With time, the members of my panel became tired.

With time, they became parched and needed refreshment to continue.

With time, they exhausted their questions for the students.

With time, the attention level dropped.

With time, the tensed atmosphere eased up.

With time, there became a need to hurry.

If these things were duly considered, it would have been safer to spread the total amount of time scheduled for the defense equally among students, say 7 minutes per head.

This way, efficiency is assured to a great extent.

Time is a master, as it regulates everything under the sun. If you knew this, you would thirst for the skill of time and activity management—that's where to begin!

And I was reading something this morning and a part of it says, "the value of a thing varies with time."

If you seek value, you must be time conscious.

If you are time conscious, you must spread your activities, appropriately, in time.

You don't want the workload to 'choke' you.

You also don't want to lose efficiency.

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