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Radical_Yue wrote:When Matt is sick, he is a cranky little bitch.
Phantasmagoriat wrote:In summary: Terrible Instructor.
So I walk into the Final Exam. Instructor says "Oops! I forgot to teach you Chapter 11. No exam today." Now, not only did this display the intelligence level of my instructor, but it annoyed me on a personal level, because I spent roughly 3 hours prior committing meaningless jargon into my short-term memory for nothing. My time is precious. But, on the bright side, I suppose I could let my brain relax, and forget it all in a matter of minutes... so I thought. Then he proceeds to teach us Chapter 11 in ten minutes... and administers the exam anyways! So basically he lied about not having an exam today, and I don't like being screwed around with like that. Sure, the class did agree to it, but only because we expected an exam today rather than come back on Thurday. Everyone wanted to just end the course. We were tired.
Now that wasn't the only problem, I had my doubts about this instructor from the beginning, but by the end of the year, he didn't really give us any notes; he did not give us a practice final; he didn't even do any practice questions in class, let alone give us any material to study from. We just sat around, did labs (that never work), and waited for him to finish telling stupid stories that dragged on and on... I'm not sure I learned anything all year... but he did tell us to study our previous quizes, because some of the questions could come from there; so I spent several hours going over all 200 MC questions, thinking I would be well-prepared (And I know how to study effectively--I got straight A's last semester... so I thought I'd be fine...) Well, not a single question came from those quizes-- or anything we 'learned' for that matter. (He doesn't really teach us...) I ended up getting 48%. Which was a high mark, somehow. Most people failed. I simply failed better lol. Partly because a lot of the questions came from the infamous Chapter 11. *facepalm* He totally didn't prepare us for this test though. I'm pretty certain he would fail the exam too, because he'd never seen the questions before. You could totally tell he just used his 'instructor account' to randomly generate the exam. He did it in front of us-- you could see it on the computer projector...
He pulled similar crap during the midterm, and we railed him for it, so I thought he would change. His defense was "Oh, but you guys did so well on the quizes; I don't think I saw anyone get below 70%!" But I forgot to mention, that these 'quizes' he gets us to do are online, so we all get 100% every time without really understanding anything, or learning anything for that matter. I suspect he thinks that even if he does a crappy job teaching us, we won't say anything because he gives us free marks from quizes we can google the answers for (Try it: Cisco CCNA Answers). I think his reasoning is that it levels out the class to an 'average' mark, which ironically helps the weaker people in my class, but deprives those that deserve better. It's like he's thinking:
'If they all ace the quizes, but fail the exams, the class mark distribution will flatten out.' which is complete BS.
Furthermore, he left the room several times during the exam, almost as if he was encouraging us to cheat to pass. But I don't just want to pass the class, I want to know this stuff, otherwise he is just setting me up to fail all my classes next year... not to mention any impact this could have on scholarships which some people depend on. I don't think he understands the consequences of his actions. I mean, his class atmosphere is very lax. Sure, it's easy. But that's not why I come to school. I go to learn shit. So I eventually stopped going to class. And you could tell class attendance started to thin out, so he changed the course outline to add 10% class participation. Did more people show up? not really. But participation doesn't even have a place in the class. The general concensus from other [good] instructors is that I pay good money to take the course, so it's up to me to decide if coming to class is worth it or not... and in this case... it's not...
We don't really learn anything, and counterproductive to class time, he relies on us to go through these stupid powerpoints *in our own time* which consists of 60+ slides for each chapter-- which is basically a text-book in powerpoint form, but worse, because there's no real explainations in the slides. Yet he fill's time by telling stupid/inappropriate stories in class:
"I ordered fried rice with chicken, and didn't eat it because I was waiting for them to bring me the chicken."
(He didn't realize the chicken was chopped up and mixed into the rice... seriously...)
"In India, this girl didn't go out with me because they skip dating and just get married. But in North America, we like to test-drive our cars before buying them!"
(... sure I laughed... but he still managed to make it awkward laughter... )
And he took a good 10 minutes telling the above two stories each, trying to pass them off as 'life experience.'
Okay, I get it, you want us to like you. And I understand that teaching isn't the easiest task in the world. I have empathy in me. But I can also be pissed, so at least prepare us for the test YOU are going to give us.
If anything, you at least have control over that much.
So now I have to finish my final research paper for another class due tomorrow.
But I can't. Because I'm actually... kind-of... mad... and I don't really get mad.
I also left my laptop adapter at school, and
just spent a good hour of battery life typing this :S
ffffffff-- it's not too bad since I have a spare... but still!
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