Mark Lewis is a distant colleague and buddy of mine; we met years ago at a conference held on the campus of the University of Nebraska; he offers some interesting points on the “dumb” things students ask. Oh, he blames me for students asking the questions below.
I wanted to contribute to this discussion, so I asked Carson if I could submit two pieces of advice blog posts. This one is a less serious post than the other one Carson will post for me. Funny, but Carson and I were at a conference few years back when we were comparing his upper-school students to my college freshman. In the end, we concluded that there is little difference between a high school student and freshman and sophomore in college. Let me add this, on my campus, we do not practice open or easy enrollments, either. So, dear student, here are the type of questions you will encounter from your future students; I suspect at one point you have asked such questions.
- “I can’t be in class tomorrow. Will you be talking about anything important?”
- “Is this score on my exam the number wrong or the number right?”
- “I got the exact same answer as my classmate, but she got a higher grade.”
- “I can’t be in class tomorrow. And, I am not sure how to read the syllabus. What should I read?”
- “Is this going to be on the test.”
- “I knew the material. I just couldn’t give it back to you on the exam.”
- “Do we have to take the final exam?”
- “Can we drop a grade?”
- “Do you grade on a curve?”
- “Do we have to read the textbook?”
- “Will you give us a study guide that explains exactly what is on the exam?”
- “I know I should have come by to see you before the exam, but I don’t understand what we have been learning.”