Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Catch-up?

I was planning to talk about ideas, but my morning has led me to need to speak to you about something else.
I walk into a lecture for the first time at 9 o'clock after the hassle of trying to find the right room. Now, before you all begin judging me, I had not attended any of the previous lectures because there was a bit of a hassle with my credits and I only added this particular study unit last week.
Anyway, I enter the class a bit late, and ask the lecturer if it was the right credit.
He said it was but said, he wasn't sure if I was allowed to take up the credit so late.
I relied that the add/ drop period ended two days ago.
He answered that it was ok with him, but I might find it confusing to catch up as I had missed the first 4 hours in which the basics where covered. So I sat down, making the student population go up by one. We are now five students.
I'll admit I was a bit worried about being able to catch up. But as the lecturer started the lecture, I was following.
How?
Because, all lectures link and overlap. I mean seriously. Pick any group of lectures of the same topic, say, for example Philosophy, the information given during the first month of lectures are the same. Compare the notes, go on, do it, and I promise you, you can flip them and mix them and they would still make sense.
So, my point? Why not do the sensible thing? Meet the lecturers in the beginning of the year and compare syllabi and create one lecture as an introduction to the different others that build of it. I mean contrary to the thoughts of everyone above the age of 30, we students are busy people and have other things to do besides sitting for lectures we've heard a hundred times over.
I mean, how can you expect students to turn up for all lectures if they know that they're just going to be hearing repeated content. Yes, you can take attendance, but I find that treatment childish. Also, I'm sure the lecturers find it annoying lecturing the basics and would much rather skip to the 'interesting' stuff.
Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that I could catch up so easily to a lecture I missed two weeks of, but if I'm going to drag my ass to an 8 o'clock lecture every Thursday, I rather it be worth the effort.
I'd like to say something. I realized that this is my third lecture related blog entry. And while each one is different, I still feel the need to explain myself. I'm a full time student, so writing about the experiences I go through will obviously include lectures and lecture related things... like farmville.

out

7 comments:

Brooks said...

I enjoy your lecture blog entries though. I find them interesting and entertaining xD

Bahsheep said...

what's the new credit with an alarmingly low amount of students? :D

Matt said...

The last two words made this blog :P

Simon said...

@ brooks: thanks
@ achie: the book of Jeremiah
@matt: it is their purpose

Bettina said...

im just still amused at your new favourite photo xD

Ashley said...

1. You Are A Sinner.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

2. There Is A Price On Sin.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." Revelation 20:14

3. Jesus Died To Pay For Your Sins.
"But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

4. Salvation Is Not Of Our Works. It Is Through Jesus Christ.
"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Romans 4:5

5. God Wants To Save You If You Will Just Put Your Trust In Him.
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13

Krissie said...

Ooh this Ashley's #4 reminds me of the talks at the M'tha weekend :)

Oh, as for Farmville:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOtRMouZR5k