Thursday, January 10, 2008

One quiz down and some early lessons about my new environment

I passed my first quiz in accounting tonight with 100%. It was a quiz on the syllabus, which has apparently become required in colleges so that the instructor can insure that the students actually read the thing. I haven't even set foot back on campus and I can already tell from my accounting textbook and this "syllabus quiz" concept that college is a lot different than it was the last time I was there. My accounting book, in the middle of a section, suggested that if I was getting confused I should step away from the book and take a 10-15 minute break to clear my head. Back when I was in college the first time, the textbooks were filled with new information that would show up on a test, not common sense study tips. We were supposed to know those already.

I guess with No Child Left Behind, though, books need to be written to the lowest common denominator. In the past, you figured out how to study in high school or you didn't do so well in college (I was in the latter group). Now, though, so far it appears that the publishers assume that you have only two brain cells to rub together and have responded accordingly.

Did I mention that the class average grade on the quiz is 93%? On the SYLLABUS.

Of course, this false sense of security I'm indulging in will likely be kicked right out of me at 4pm on Monday when I stroll into Biology and all of the knowledge I've ever had in my head will be zapped out as I cross the threshold.

Fortunately, I hear they have a textbook for people like me.


Leah said...

This is my third year, and I think I've only ever had one syllabus quiz. And the syllabus contained important information about the class as well as pertaining to the major itself. That's weird.

Kelly said...

It was quite strange... but good to hear that it's not a "regular practice" on college campuses. Gives me more hope :)

Leah said...

I know - I wouldn't want you losing complete faith!

Although, I must admit, two of my course books this term really struck me. Both talk in very simplified terms, and both read as if the author is talking right to the reader. I was almost embarrassed reading my Statistics book. I mean, on the one hand, I understand that a lot of people are intimidated by math (myself included), but that doesn't mean I need to be condescended to!