So Joe is working on a bizarre, cutting-edge aspect of basket weaving, and had been slogging along. I would get a few pages to read that were full of incomplete sentences and misspelled words. I felt like an English teacher mumbling about agreement of subject and verb and the difference between "like" and "such as" as I marked up his pages in red, hoping that he'd at least use a spelling checker next time. Nope.
Anyway, the deadline is looming, and he's panicked. It seems he pre-wove the basket before he started just to make sure that this kind of basket was do-able. He's spent weeks laboring on the methods section on how to go about making this kind of basket using a particular methodology. He's just realized that he doesn't actually have time to make another basket using this methodology he's described, so can he just hand in the prototype basket with the methods section as it is?
I gently explained that there were two options:
- Re-weave to match the methods section
- Re-write to match the basket handed in