Is it just me or does nobody speak in tutorials?

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Had some Zoom tutorials this week for uni and so far, a lot of people have been really quiet and have barely spoke. It's resulted in a lot of awkward silences.

Are a lot of people nervous? Am I the only person who has saw this?
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Same here! Lecturer keeps telling everyone to turn on video and audio and no one does!
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Yh ngl alot of people are quiet
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Even with the in-person tutorials pre-coronavirus I was the most talkative one which I really didn't expect
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(Original post by TheSagittarius)
Had some Zoom tutorials this week for uni and so far, a lot of people have been really quiet and have barely spoke. It's resulted in a lot of awkward silences.

Are a lot of people nervous? Am I the only person who has saw this?
Hi!

A lot of people in my seminars don't like talking, so the lecturer just allows us to put a message in the box at the side. To be honest this worked a lot better, as before people were just talking over each other because it wasn't clear as to whose turn it was to speak. Usually if one person starts talking/messaging everyone else will follow.

I hope this helps!
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(Original post by TheSagittarius)
Had some Zoom tutorials this week for uni and so far, a lot of people have been really quiet and have barely spoke. It's resulted in a lot of awkward silences.

Are a lot of people nervous? Am I the only person who has saw this?
You need to just dive in ! Lots of people are worried about "getting something wrong" and losing marks, tutorials are NOT like that, it's all about stretching your ideas and testing them in public with an academic on hand to guide things along. You get much more out of it that way, and not being afraid to make a mistake and learn from it is one of those "grown up things" you really need to develop. Once you get out into the big wide world you are going to get put on the spot and asked to explain things all the time, particularly if you do an "interesting" job, consider this some early but important training.
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In-person tutorials can be like that. Virtual ones are even worse.
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You need to just dive in ! Lots of people are worried about "getting something wrong" and losing marks, tutorials are NOT like that, it's all about stretching your ideas and testing them in public with an academic on hand to guide things along. You get much more out of it that way, and not being afraid to make a mistake and learn from it is one of those "grown up things" you really need to develop. Once you get out into the big wide world you are going to get put on the spot and asked to explain things all the time, particularly if you do an "interesting" job, consider this some early but important training.
I actually do that myself, my comment was more on other people. I try to pitch in as much as I can but I don't want to answer every question, that would just make me look like a know it all. Sadly others don't seem to be engaged.
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TBH mate, the in person ones are the same there's usually one guy (typically me) who does all the talking.
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(Original post by TheSagittarius)
Had some Zoom tutorials this week for uni and so far, a lot of people have been really quiet and have barely spoke. It's resulted in a lot of awkward silences.

Are a lot of people nervous? Am I the only person who has saw this?
Hi TheSagittarius

This also happens in normal seminars not online. A lot of people may not want to talk first or are worried of saying the wrong thing. Hopefully, as the term goes on things will improve.

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