Learning takes place during tutorials only


  • Education
  • Sunday, 19 Jan 2003

"THREEB" of Selangor writes:  

A UNIVERSITY professor recently wrote about how university education nowadays is mostly about passive learning; how lecturers just teach and everything is a one way thing – that is, they never know whether or not what is being taught is fully understood by the students.  

Well, being a first-year university student, I can attest to the truth of that. It is only during tutorials (classes that come after lectures) that students understand what they are really being taught. Reviews of examples are given and questions are discussed.  

Even then, sometimes there is no continuity in the lessons, unlike what students find in secondary school, particularly in Form Six, where the teacher ensures he tackles the next topic only when most of his students have at least a basic understanding of what has been taught. 

So, my point is, in secondary schools as well as in primary schools, spoonfeeding is the norm.  

In university, homework is also given and solutions to problems have to be thought out by the students themselves. A student can either deal with the questions himself or copy from his course mates, making slight modifications before handing in the homework as his own. 

It is okay to copy other people's works as long as one understands how to do them oneself later.  

It is better, of course, to tackle the questions yourself first, instead of just copying. However, it does not help that sometimes tutorial assignments are to be handed in at short notice! 

I understand that universities want students to actively acquire knowledge but there are so many copying from others blindly.  

All university students must stop such practice and make an effort to learn in such prestigious institutions.  

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