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Role Play Scenario 35
You have been paired with another student, Rishi, to do a presentation. They’re hard working and diligent, but have fallen ill. They ask you to finish their part of the presentation, which they have made a good start on. Your tutor is notoriously strict, and has said this presentation must be done tomorrow. You are aware that you don’t have sufficient time to finish both your part and theirs to a high standard.
In this role play, you may speak to Rishi.
Excellent Student Approach
2. Open Questions
3. Develop Rapport
4. Address the issues known
5. Identify any additional issues
6. Summary and plan going forward
1 - Ask to speak to Rishi as soon as possible calling them and introducing yourself.
2 - A simple statement will work well here. Bear in mind that you need to work together to come to a solution - ‘I wanted to discuss the project further if that’s alright ….(giving Rishi an opportunity to respond……..I’m afraid I won’t be able to finish both of our parts myself. I was wondering if you have any suggestions?’
3 - Make sure that you are empathetic; they may well feel guilty about not being able to help.
4 - Explain that there simply isn’t enough time to do the entire presentation to a good standard, and that you have tried your utmost so far. If you are worried or panicking, be honest and let them know this. Ask them if they can do any more work at all on their part, even if it is just providing notes or a rough guide. Explain that if they cannot, they will have to contact the tutor and let them know that they are ill. If they are worried about doing so, let them know that you will support them and inform the tutor that they have worked hard on the presentation so far.
5 - It is feasible that you could finish the presentation to a lower standard, but this would not provide a fair mark for either you or the other student. Consider if Rishi’s illness is affecting them in any other way, and if there is anything else that you can do to support them (once the projects demands have been addressed)
6 - To summarise; in this situation the best outcome is finding an efficient way for the other student to help you finish their section. If this is not possible, then the tutor must be told, so that a fair mark can be attained or perhaps an appropriate extension should this be possible.