Is college all about lectures?

Yesterday I met a student who complained that she did not feel she was learning enough because all her classes are lectures. She lacks discussions, and she tries to use labs as the only way to corner a teacher and ask a question.

I have always thought that it’s a good idea to go to a small school because it would offer small classes where you cannot hide behind a classmate’s back and avoid taking part in a discussion.

Discussion is a vital part of education. If college were all about attending lectures and reading books, you could get your education online. Why bother spend so much money for the privilege of physical presence?

Conversation is the way to learn how to tackle a problem from many perspectives. It’s also the way to keep your fire alight.

What could you do if you’re not formally offered conversation classes? You create them informally. That’s the most natural thing at college – if you study what you’re passionate about, you’re keen on discussing it after attending a lecture or reading a book.

Unfortunately, there are so many classes which are attended not because they’re loved but because they’re part of a curriculum. There are so many students who are not keen on studying at all. Have you ever had academic conversations with your classmates at high school? If not, chances are, you’re not going to have any at a college full of similar classmates, so if you wish to totally avoid intellectual talk, go to a Bulgarian college.

I do believe classmates matter. How about you?

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3 responses to this post.

  1. In my experience college is not about lectures neither is it about readings and homework. I have learned most from conversations with friends, with professors, with random people I’ve met in college. So to me univesity is mostly a place to meet people who can teach you something.

    University is also environment- every school has a different flavour. The small college will give you one type of experience, the big state school another. My college was stress-based so there I met a huge number of stressed out workaholics. The school next door was definitely favouring discussion and leadership- there one gets a different prospective of life.

    So at the end of the day curricula are quite similar but people and spirit are different which makes the choice of school very important. And also impossible because one can’t tell what a uni is before spending a year there.

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  2. Posted by saleena on October 7, 2010 at 11:53 am

    college is not about lecture any more college is just for fun and most of students bunk their class and sit at cafe so college is no for lecture specially

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  3. Posted by asma on May 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    am from algeria and education is very low

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