Or rather, why does last semester always seem easier than this semester?
Despite last semester’s whopping 18 credits taken, have managed to scrape a respectable grade and not fail any paper when have braced to fail two. This semester, after that fiasco of a language class, am only taking 15 credits, yet it feels like there are many, many rough spots ahead.
1. Have 4 assignments due, and have not started on any of them.
2. Of the 6 classes am taking, have yet to really understand what 3 of them is all about.
3. 2 classes are really behind in schedule because of public holidays and cancelled classes. Approximately 10 classes (from all 6 subjects) are yet to be replaced.
4. A lecturer, because of her other work-related responsibilities, is unable to have classes during working hours weekdays, and have instead forced us to have classes on a weekday from 6 to 9pm! Because otherwise we would have to have classes on weekends. 6 to 9 pm! We’d practically be Masters students!
It’s ironic that some people are lamenting that schools are creating drones that only know their studies and nothing much else in life, that these students severely lack in general knowledge on current issues and have no personal pursuits. Then on the other hand we have some teachers and lecturers moaning about how students don’t go the extra mile and expect to be spoonfed because they’re too lazy/busy with the many activities in their lives. So the public basically thinks that students have no life except school and studies, and teachers pretty much think that students don’t do enough for their schoolwork because they’re so busy having a life.
And the term spoonfed really irks self because it’s so bloody vague. How far is spoonfed? Is asking a lecturer to explain what she expects in an assignment an example of wanting to be spoonfed, when she wants her students to look it up themselves in the libraries? But how can they bloody know what to look for if they haven’t even learn enough about the subject?
And the most insufferable part about all this vagueness? Is if a student who genuinely wants to be independent and does her own search for material for the assignment based on what little information the lecturer provides, does her assignment to the best of her ability and what little information she has been provided, only to learn from the lecturer that she has done it all wrong.
If you’re going to give so little as a lead, you have to bloody expect a wide variety and difference in our assignments. You can’t expect us all to think uniformly because you set no guidelines for us to follow. You are almost never in your room because of your other responsibilities, which we can’t blame you for, but if you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, you have to suffer the indigestion and not blame the food.