Student Syndrome

A few students are exceptions to the syndromes below, but most seem to be struck by them. It does not matter the class in which one is studying or the age of the student. And many of us experience some signs of student syndrome in other activities too. I have experienced some of them. Some of them apply to other routine daily tasks as well.

Longer you get to prepare, the less you prepare for tests, examinations, project reports, home work and all assignments. However, for each one of them you plead for more time, every time. This beats Parkinson’s Law, which states, “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” In case of a student, time spent on studies reduces inversely proportional to the time available before the test or date to submit assignment.

On Friday you want to postpone exam to Monday so that you can study. On Monday you curse yourselves for neither studying nor enjoying the weekend.

Students do not have time for anything. In a bunch of 20 high school students, seven did not eat breakfast as a practice. Reason? No time.

It is humiliating to be asked a question in the class. The teacher is trying to prove that you have not studied and hurt your dignity by insulting in public – in front of all your classmates.

You understand that you have not understood a topic only when you are called upon to answer a question in the class. Else, when the teacher asks if you have doubts, you are confident that you have grasped the whole lesson. So what if not?

The teacher who gives home work and demands that you submit it is not popular. It is teacher’s way of punishing the students, taking revenge on her own teachers when she went to school. She should be just giving notes that you can memorise just-in-time for the exams.

Why even bother with notes? Teachers who give answers to old likely exam-questions are the best. One who expects you to read full lessons and reference materials is cruel when there are simpler solutions.

Why should I be asked to write when I can answer orally; why should I be asked to answer orally if I declare that I know; what is the hurry to know the answers when the exam is so far away?

Some say that every concept has applicability in real life. For now, the only application is to answer in the exam and score well. Real life can wait. “I have better things to do.”

When you say that you do not understand a topic, chances are that you have not attempted to understand. Asked to specify the point not understood, you are lost about the whole lesson. It will remain so irrespective of the number of times the teacher explains till you attempt to understand with interest and self effort. But you believe in magic. You want to wake up on the day of exam with answers to all the questions that would come in the paper. Knowing less would be a loss and knowing more is a waste. “Not a single question came from the topic that I studied so well, so hard. What an injustice! What a waste of my efforts!” Studying for knowledge is old fashioned. 

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About pgbhat

A retired Naval Officer and an educationist. Has experience with software industry. A guest faculty at different institutes and a corporate trainer with software development companies.
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One Response to Student Syndrome

  1. pgbhat says:

    From: pv maiya [mailto:pvmaiya@gmail.com]

    The root cause of it all–sometimes I wonder –is we do not hold ourselves responsible. At best there is someone else also to be held responsible. Parents blame the unknown God for giving them the unworthy children as if their contribution is nil. We blame the system without realising that we too contributed to it in some measure. When the system becomes overwhelmingly malevolent we look for persons like Annahazare to lead us or Lord krishna to descend to Earth as he promised in Bhagavad Gita; we wonder why is he late!

    Very difficult propositions . Why not develop with the help of teachers ,say , 50 propositions of daily life—[like say father got late to office because mother did not wake him up] and then elicit answers from the students of different classes [age group of 10 to 16]? The answers may be revealing and an enthusiastic teacher may shape a good lesson in social studies or moral science like the moral of the story is—-

    Tks. Maiya

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