Higher Education will be a completely new experience for most undergraduate students who are climbing the first steps of the degree ladder, and although you may feel that your thirteen years experience in the school education system has given you enough insight into all you may come across at university, there are different types of classroom disruption you might encounter at university you haven’t thought of. Here is the most important one to consider; your teacher.
A classroom disruption that you may not have thought had existed is the relationship you have with your tutor and/or lecturers. Not all personalities collide smoothly, especially in a teacher and student context. You may find yourself warming up to a particular style of teaching, public speaking and guidance and not all of your lecturers will have these parts to their style. In some cases, your fellow students and friends in class may really like the lecturer’s techniques and it will work well for them; however, it isn’t guaranteed for everybody. The biggest disruption to your university learning may be your general dislike to your teacher and how they choose to teach you, which could be reading from texts, showing too many video clips or presentation after presentation slides.
The hardest thing to overcome will be your feelings towards that lesson and module and not to let them change your attitude towards your module or course. The bright side is that it generally is only that module that you’ll find yourself having trouble with, and your other studies won’t be as affected. To ensure you’re receiving the best amount of education and support for your money is to speak to your personal tutor or course administrator at university and tell them what you are feeling, and how it is affecting your studies. In rare cases, other students may have complained also and it will become an issue of the university and department head. However, if it is only you that has this problem, then it is solely your issue – you will receive support from your course and tutor, although, you will have to work harder to guarantee you are learning through this difficult time.
The most suitable action to take is to set up a tutorial, or a one-to-one session with the lecturer you are having the most difficulty with; this can seem daunting if you find them intimidating or frustrating, however, your teachers are there to aid your studying and they need to know what you’re going through. A tutorial can help clear up any problems you are having during the course, and get a personal guide for the module, and hopefully set you up for the rest of the classes.
Some professors will inspire you to study, learn and explore your talents and subject area, whilst others will scare you into challenging yourself – each will have their own print on your academic abilities. Whilst you are learning at university you should expect to be always gaining something, whether it is a new skill, learning something different, or honing your knowledge and already acquired skills, nothing should ever be negative or too difficult.
It is vital to sort out any issues you have with the course material or lecturers as they are static throughout the course; they’re not going to change unless you tell someone about it. If you sit on your issues then you’re not going to alter your studying and may lose out later on with coursework marks and grades.
Furthermore, your fellow students may be the culprit in disrupting your learning, and there are always sensible ways to deal with difficult people at university. Classes at universities come in all shapes and sizes, some fill large lecture halls whilst others are small and intimate classes of a dozen students. If there are a group of students that are seriously affecting your learning then you need to feel confident enough to speak to your tutor about it. If you don’t feel up to this, then change where you sit in class to benefit your learning experience – because when all is said and done, your education is most important.
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