I’ve had several conversations with different colleagues this past week about students who are either acting helpless or are truly lost in academia. Professors usually love it when students ask questions….except when the answers to those questions are things easily found in the syllabus, previously announced in class, or posted on the class website. Or all three! I am constantly frustrated by the number of students who don’t look at their syllabus after the first night of class, especially since I devote a lot of time to writing a clear, information-filled document.
I love this post about how parents can help their students understand the importance of syllabi.