Professors are doing something wrong

Students are conflicted about professors who don’t teach


Illustration by Elizabeth Oliver / Times Staff

Students are voicing their frustration about professors giving a large load of work without properly explaining the curriculum.

Many students are showing up to classes expecting a lecture or a presentation, but to no avail. They find themselves sitting and doing work that was instructed a week before.

Instructors provide the course material in hopes that students get it done within the week or, in most cases, before the next class meets.

In the mix of that, many instructors fail to provide prior information about the assignments to assist the students with the required work.

“There have been plenty of times, there’s a lot of assignments, and they (the professors) don’t go over it in class,” said Silvano Narvarro, an on-and-off two year student from Evergreen Valley College.

Navarro spoke about this being a key issue when he attends classes. Not getting that extra bit of information goes as far as to do nothing for many students. It leaves the students wondering and asking many questions about the assignment.

Especially if they are on their own looking for those answers amid pending deadlines.

“It’s almost like you’re expected to find out just by reading it (assignments) on your own,” he explained.

He further expressed that most of it has to do with the instructor’s teaching methods. Assignments are given, but a thorough explanation is not always considered.

“It doesn’t feel like teaching, it’s like – ‘here’s a packet and buy this textbook, and we might go over some of the material,’” Navarro said. Moreover, adding the issue of professors casting up information that was not taught, and then putting it on tests.

In the midst of working on exams, coming across a topic that was not discussed in class confuses and stresses many students.

A better way to target this would be changing the method in which they teach.

“More emphasis on teaching the material and less focus on giving out assignments,” Navarro said. Later, he clarified that an exceeding amount of assignments does not enhance his learning experience.