We were discussing this the other day.
Some students can’t quite seem to seal the deal on getting their excrement together.
DH’s students need a lab kit. The students run a parts store that puts together and sells lab kits. They are open odd hours and run out more frequently than they ought to. However, these parts are available at several hobby stores in town. DH requires that they have their lab kits by the second week of school, and if they can’t get a pre-made kit from the student store then they need to assemble one on their own from another store. Somehow, the same students show up to lab without kits through the *middle of the semester*. They always seem to check the parts store *just* when they run out of parts. Why haven’t they given up and just hit a hobby store? They didn’t think of it despite DH’s repeat reminders. DH suspects they just don’t want to spend money.
We have weekly or monthly homework. Sometimes it requires downloading something, a paper, an assignment sheet. How often has a student said on the due date that ze couldn’t download something necessary for an assignment? Far too many times for us. You had a week/month! If you had a technical problem you should have addressed it a long time ago, not when the assignment was due. Plus, all your classmates (who did not have trouble downloading for whatever reason) have a copy– you could have gotten it from them!
I had a student who missed class for a family emergency (nothing dire– there was some weather and they had to clean up from the aftermath). I told him no problem, he could attend the other section to do the in-class exercise he missed, but he was going to have to get notes for the lecture since the other section had already had it, and the in-class exercise would make *no sense* without the lecture notes. All week I reminded him every time we passed in the hallway and he said he was about to get the notes from a specific classmate. Well, she wasn’t able to meet him on time, so he got to class without any idea what the in-class assignment was about, and suggested that perhaps he should skip it. I noted that there were many students taking this required class (and he has contact info for at least 3 other people since I make them exchange information on day 1), why didn’t he get notes from a different student? He said he hadn’t seen any students in his class. He had no idea where he could get notes from anybody. I noted that there were 30 people in the classroom he was sitting in *right now* who had those notes. He could ask one of them. He hadn’t thought of that.
The student printer has had a spotty working history for about 10 years now. It is *known* that you should print off what you need at least a day in advance to ensure that you get your thing on time. (If the printer is broken again, you can go to the IT department and they’ll print for you– but *not* instantaneously.) Five minutes before class is not the time to discover that the printer is broken *again*. Just assume it will be broken.
Are they just lazy, or do they really think if they have this excuse they’ll get a bye for doing less work?
We call on other professors not to enable these folks!