(Closed) To anonymous college students:

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It never ceases to amaze me how STUPID college students are. I’m in professional school for goodness sake and there are still people that can’t get with the program.

One of my profs actually made it a quiz question on the first quiz a hypothetical scenario of how to calculate your grade and what the percent would be. Then the question is “Is this an A?” when he went over like 10 times the first day that NO, a 92.9% is NOT an A. As are 93% and above and no he does not round.

They whine and bitch that tests and grading and teachers aren’t fair and are “bitches” or “assholes” when in reality they just don’t study enough or don’t get help. Useless.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

hehe I’m a student and your message made me laugh. This pretty much describes a lot of the mindset of my peers. I feel sorry for my professors sometimes! I realize my professor or doctor teaches the class for a reason, class policy is an agreement between the teacher and the student… by finals we should all know what we signed up for! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Rock Hugger:  Amen….I’m not a prof, but I am a TA and I get lots of those questions this time of year…

“but but I’ve been in the hospital for a month…what, a doctor’s note? no I don’t have one of those…”

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Rock Hugger:  Thank you. All too common complaints. However, having been out half of the semester because of being on medical leave, I kind of miss the absurdity of it all.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m in my last semester, and I honesly sometimes wonder how some of my fellow classmates (who will graduate with me in 11 days) have made it so far. ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m so very sorry you deal with silly questions as so. ๐Ÿ™

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ugh, I’m going through this too. It drives me nuts! AND I’ve given 3 optional review sessions where NO ONE has shown up, yet they email me and say they need help.

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Rock Hugger:  HAHA. Awesome. I’m sure all of us college-level instructors (whether profs, lecturers, or TAs) can relate.

@pharmy:  

They whine and bitch that tests and grading and teachers aren’t fair and are “bitches” or “assholes” when in reality they just don’t study enough or don’t get help.

And they probably don’t even realize how awful that can be to the prof. One of my friends worked SO hard for her students one semester, just bending over backwards, going far above and beyond. She got 44 glowing evaluations and one that called her a “bitch.” She was absolutely devastated. That was in her first couples years as TA, so I’m sure she has a thicker skin by now, but it was so hurtful at the time.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh my goodness, I totally feel your pain.  I think it would make the whole post-high school academic system work better if everyone had a chance to teach a course. Sometimes student’s expectations of the teacher are just ridiculous when many aren’t even willing to put in the effort themselves (not that everyone is that way for sure, but those that are definitely seem to be the most vocal group). It made it all worth it last year though when I was out at the bars and one of my previous, disgruntled students came and said hi to me and told me that he has been using what I taught him EVERYDAY on the job. ๐Ÿ™‚  Told ya, haha!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

On the bright side, I just got an email from one of the seniors whose thesis I advised asking to take me out to dinner as a thank you for everything I did this year.  And that makes it all better. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was a TA for 2 years. I feel your pain.

My two favourite students were the two who couldn’t seem to grasp why handing in the exact same assignment was cheating.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

By The Way, this is a favorite of mine regarding the widespread attitude that if you’re paying for college, you are also buying grades and a degree. I don’t know who said it originally, unfortunately, but I think I am going to put it on every syllabus that I ever assign.

“College is not like buying a car. It’s like buying a gym membership. If you don’t put in any work, you’ll be just as out of shape/ignorant as when you started.”

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

lol At the beginning of every semester you should read this to your class. And in the middle and…just read it to them every class. Of course there will still be people that ask you anyway.

I had a professor that actually gave bonus points to people that turned their final paper in ON TIME. Like all you had to do was hand it in on the due date and you got extra points. Then there were the people that were upset. I just wanted to say “Yea you are lucky they let you turn it in late at all for a grade…stupid!” Sometimes there are reasons you can’t turn something in on time, life does happen, but going out every weekend and waiting until the night before to start your 50 page paper is not a good excuse.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Oh yeah. I TA’d 5 times. I feel your pain.

I got one bad review from a student because she failed her big research paper project, apparently because I was to tell her that her sources were not allowed.

Um, my job was to check the grammatical/formatting of the sources only. Prof’s job was checking out the sources. And either way, when you COMPLETELY FABRICATE sources, that’s your own damn fault.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

God, end of semester is the WORST. I’ve TA’d for 3 years now and tend to get stuck with all student complaints. One of my friends likes to joke that our students suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect which suggests people with low competence mistakenly believe they have far more superior skills than they do :p

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