While our TFs always try to be helpful, sometimes their generous advice comes in the form of pure brutality. Every now and then, we get a paper back and the unforgiving red ink is more honest than we needed it to be. Because it happens way too often, FM takes another look at some of our TFs’ greatest hits in the genre of mean comments.
TF: “What do you think of this? Are you proud of this paper?”
It was written in an hour. So kind of.
TF: “This is the only part that supports your thesis here.”
Plan A to extend page length foiled. Plan B: size 14 periods.
TF: “Ok, but are all these points necessarily true?”
What constitutes truth, really? Too bad this isn’t a philosophy class.
TF: “I think you should base your analysis on what is in the painting as opposed to what isn’t.”
Perhaps, but that’s so confining. College is a place where you’re free to color outside the lines (or the frame).
In response to what the writer thought was a beautifully crafted piece of prose:
TF: “I would find another way to say this…”
The ellipses are the real killers here. A simple “wording” would have sufficed.
TF: “Interesting hypothesis, but it is really just a theory.”
Well, it was worth a try. You miss 100% of the claims you don’t make up.