Friday, August 18, 2006
TUTORIAL SYSTEM IN BITS
Well, I don’t know how many blogs or discussions in orkut have been guided by this,but I felt a necessity to express my view on this common problem(or rather a boon as some would put it).The evolution of a system could have had so many dynamical changes involved in it but what we face is its present state.
Going into the pros and cons………
Those who speak of advantages(including professors of course) say that you get to study regularly on smaller topics and get tested on them so that the whole course is mastered. A big NO from my side for it does not happen the way it should.That crushes the purpose of the system. Theory alone is taught in the lecture hours leaving the problem solving to the tutorial sessions(since they exist).The tutorial profs are mind you not eligible to teach anything ,copy their way out to somehow put up some solutions(of tha tut sheet)on the board and ultimately end up giving a nice tut problem for say 10 marks,after seeing which students get butterflies in their stomachs as they have never even understood the problems done in the previous half an hour or so.
That which makes life hell for people is the number of tuts per week.college life is TO HAVE freetime and do things that one likes and not keep cramming things everyday for this tut or the other.
A major accusation about BITS(by a few alumni) is that the standard of education has come down compared to the previous years.I feel a reason could be the tutorial systems. TUT MANUAL-Take out the book the previous night or that day morning,go to the section included ,etch into your memory the 2 formulae involved(very much true for ES-2),go to the tut section, sit idle for half an hour (or if bored try doing some problems),get the evaluation sheet ,pour out the formula,substitute the numbers involved,get it right!(Not a bit of working of the system you need to know for this!).
I do not mean to say that we all will be experts if the system is changed but hope 100 % that a better knowledge and a memorable college life(enjoying it or otherwise why would people describe CDCs as “acid test”?)will come to stay if at all changes are possible.