Science professors: what's wrong with them?
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“You’re not getting attendance for today’s lecture” or “Stay out of class!”; we all have encountered professors we love to fear. However, while being strict may help at times, some of them carry it to an extreme.

LET’S READ IT OUT FROM PRESENTATIONS

Teachers often read the entire chapters from a presentation, which are downloaded from the internet. Many times, they do not explain a difficult topic which demands chalk & board teaching. This ends up making an interesting topic boring.

ATTENDANCE ISSUES, ALWAYS

Attendance is a device frequently used by teachers to threaten students. Some do not give attendance if the student is even a minute late!

Most teachers are against mass bunks which creates a divide in the class: those who favor it and those against it.

DELIBERATE GRADE DEDUCTION

Teachers stereotype students and often deduct marks without a reason. A student in his/ her good books gets full marks for the same assignment while others get lesser marks. The same is true for vivas as well.

INSULTS IN ANGER

While we understand that handling a class becomes difficult at times, we don’t understand how humiliating the students is a solution.

I don’t think you all even deserve to be in this college“, a first-year student of Miranda House quotes her botany professor saying.

THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF DOING PRACTICALS

If you’re a science student, you know what I am talking about. Practical classes are 4 hours long and coupled with a strict teacher: they become a nightmare. The entire semester flies away writing practicals!

If the teacher is extra strict, you might also have to redraw certain diagrams in all the experiments.

It’s not that students always hate their teachers. But they need to understand why we all are so keen to bunk a particular class whenever we can. The system needs to understand that a good science professor isn’t someone with loads of published research papers, but a person with excellent communication skills. As adults, we need a teacher who is understanding, caring, and nourishes the spirit of curiosity in us.

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