Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. I missed the last class did we do anything important?

You should never ask an instructor such a question. A college course is more than quizzes, exams, and grades. Everything we do in class in important, even when you are not directly held responsible for the missed activities. If students missed more classes or did not care about the courses's activities, then it is likely that comprehensive examinations would be necessary.

 

2. Do I have to come to class?

Absolutely. Attendance is a part of your grade. It is likely that the lecture or lectures you miss will be the determining factor in making a higher grade. Also, state appropriations and funding is based on enrollment and attendance. Since you pay only a small portion of what it costs to educate you, if you do not attend class on a regular basis, it could be that you will pay a higher percentage of your own education in the future. If you do not have a high attendance rate, you lose most of your rights of grievance if a grievance should occur.

 

3. Can I make up the test I missed?

This varies from instructor to instructor and from course to course. Instructors have to be objective-it is the law. An instructor cannot let one student make up a test and not let another do so. Irregardless of the reason that a student misses a test, it would be an invasion of your privacy to ask for proof of the reason why you missed a test. Instructors will assume you are telling the truth, because they have no means of determining why you missed a test. A missed test is like any other assignment-if you miss it then you have not met the course requirements and it will effect the outcome of your grade.

 

4. Do I have to take notes?

Probably the most important thing a student can do is take notes. In my courses, and in any college course, you are held accountable for any thing the instructor presents to you. This includes anything in lecture, anything written on the blackboard and anything on a video or other media device.

 

5. Do I need to buy my textbook?

You must always buy the textbook and read it daily to weekly to keep current in the course. In many college courses, the instructor will not assign readings.

 

6. Do I need to read my textbook?

It is understood that students are mature enough, knowledgeable enough, and experienced enough to identify the readings on their own. If in doubt ask the instructor. But if you are a college student you should be able to use the table of contents and index in your text to look up information the instructor covers in class, much like you would in an encyclopedia or dictionary. Furthermore, if something your instructor mentions in class is not in your text, then you are expected to use the library to research the material on your own.

 

 

7. Can I turn in my assignments late?

Assignments are due when the instructor announces due dates. A student should not assume that their situation is so unique that they will be granted an exception. Everyone is unique and situations due arise. But there are no exceptions, otherwise their would be no need for a due date.

 

8. Can I leave class early?

You are responsible for the management of your own life, not your instructor. When you sign up for a particular course at a particular time on a particular day, you are expected to be there from the beginning of the class to the end of class when your instructor dismisses you. If you know you cannot come to a class on time or be there the whole time, do not come to class. Take care of your business. If you miss notes or some other deadline that affects your grade, that is a part of the logical consequences of having priorities.

 

9. What if I am late to class?

You are responsible for the management of your own life, not your instructor. When you sign up for a particular course at a particular time on a particular day, you are expected to be there from the beginning of the class to the end of class when your instructor dismisses you. If you know you cannot come to a class on time or be there the whole time, do not come to class. Take care of your business. If you miss notes or some other deadline that affects your grade, that is a part of the logical consequences of having priorities.

 

 

10. Can I have the handout I missed?

Some instructors have extras of handouts and will gladly give them to you if you see them during their normal office hours. Instructors maintain regular office hours for just such things. Do not expect the instructor to bring handouts to you to class at your convenience. Instructors are not employed for the convenience of the student.

 

11. Can I have a copy or copy the instructor's notes?

Instructors own their notes. You do not. The method of conveying notes to students are during lecture hours. Your notes, that is your own interpretation of what is communicated in the course, should be unique to you and to your learning situation.

 

13. Can you email the notes to me?

See answer to question # 11. Since technology allows for much greater convenience than ever before, it is not uncommon for students to make this request. And as such, students end up not owning the information in their own unique way. The digestion of course material is multifaceted. To truly understand and learn the information presented and more important, to remember it, a student must have multiple exposures to the material from a variety of sources. Convenience in education means illiteracy later on.

 

14. Can I bring something to drink or eat to class?

Bottled water is usually ok in most locales. But that is all. Why do you think you have a right to bring your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack to class? You have a place to eat and it is called home. We are not here for your entertainment but for your instruction.

 

15. Can I leave to go to the rest room?

If a student has some kind of medical condition or disability then notify the instructor and be able to provide the necessary proof. You are responsible for your biological needs. When you get up and leave in the middle of class you have interrupted the class once, when you come back into class then you have interrupted the class twice.

Most of us learn very early in life to control these things and put up with a little discomfort. If the class is exceptionally long, most instructors will give a break to take care of these things {i.e. instructors have to pee too}.

 

16. Can I work on other things while in class?

Absolutely not. This is perhaps one of the rudest things you can do. The instructor will probably have to embarrass you by asking you to put away whatever you are working on.

 

17. Can I use my cellular phone in class?

Never have your cellular phone ring in class! Put it on vibrate if you must, and answer it after class. But never have a cellular phone ring in class. Your life is your life. Your life is not the class's life and we do not want to be a part of it. If you are expecting an emergency then take care of it outside of class

 

18. What do we do if an instructor uses vocabulary we do not understand?

Look up words or concepts first in your textbook, then in a dictionary, then in an encyclopedia, and then in reference material in the library or on the net. You had better get used to learning hundreds if not thousands of new words and researching them while you are going to college.