Agree about the profs wanting to impress, especially each other, but you have to see past all that crap. Under all the post-structuralist jargon some of them know what they're talking about. Separating all the nonsense from the valuable advice is exactly what you've got to do. There is a lot to be learned about what way you're going to tell your story, and why.
I'm new here. I've written one crime novel, Lost Bodies. You can read an extract on Allan Guthrie's Noir Originals, if you want to. I'm not quite sure if I'm Tartan Noir, but I do live in Glasgow.