Sunday, August 19, 2012

what i learnt from work today

Due to the increasingly decreasing space in my wallet, I was not left with much choice when the job advertisement email landed in my inbox. Being the picky me, I didn't wanted the normal jobs like retail assistant or waiter so I picked the job requesting for a  "Student Assistant", thinking that it sounded the best among all of the other jobs and perhaps for this time, I'll be doing something useful for a change. Little did I know what did the job had in store for me.

the job also requires me to look something like this. Lukey! Your friendly neighborhood tutor!

I landed in a year one class in Business studying about business law (like what constitutes a company etc) and my job scope was pretty simple, I merely had to take down attendance and note down who participated in class, much like a normal tutor that you would see, minus the masters degree of course.

Doing this job has made me appreciate the fact that I'm from Arts and Social Sciences more in a way, because in Business, class participation counts for almost everything (actually 30% of your grades but that is a lot compared to the puny 5% you'll receive in Arts) and when the students see me there with a paper and pen jotting down everything they say, it's like a dog eat dog world out there where everyone tries to say something just in order to impress the lecturer and hoping that what they say will be transferred to become their final grades.

I feel sorry for them though, knowing that being freshmen, you wouldn't know anything and the pressure to conform would be so great that soon you'll be one of the mindless question asking robots too. Everyone is asking for the sake of asking and if you happen to sit quietly in one corner, you're bound to lose out.

I wonder if this is how how the people who are caught in the rat race are trained out. Because they're too focused on obtaining the short term benefit (class participation marks), they often do not see the bigger picture involved (actually learning something that you can apply when you graduate).

I don't blame the students though, I blame the system. It seems to encourage students to adhere to one principle (class participation is vital should you want to succeed) rather than let students choose their own path (there are many ways to success, class participation is only one of them). But I guess when you need to mass produce graduates, you wouldn't go for quality anymore.


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