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Posted 8/31/15 , edited 8/31/15
Seriously now. I think I made the mistake of going to a college that has too many students. Any of the class that a typical freshman would have to take is filled to the brim. For instance my general chemistry class boasts about 300 students, whereas my history or politics class may have about a 150. I'm not saying that college classes are supposed to be small but sometimes it can just be overkill.

Anytime one of my classes is approaching the end we get a slow buildup of students packing up their stuff before the professor has even ended the class. There are also times when I had classes that were so packed that you would have to get their 20 minutes before the actual class so that you can rush into the classroom and get a seat up front, otherwise you have to sit in the back and deal with people messing around on their phones and laptops, trying to make sense of what the professor is even saying.

Sorry that this post just turned into a rant. But I was just curious as to how other colleges are set up and whether or not there are other students that may have the same experience.
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Posted 8/31/15
I like big lectures honestly
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Posted 8/31/15
It gets better after your first year, in my experience. I had a couple classes in big lecture halls like that at first, but once your move on into your more specialized material, the classes get smaller as people segregate into different fields and the material is more complicated and demands more communication between the prof and the students.

Granted, I'd say the university I went to is about in the middle as far as population goes, so this might not be the case so much with the really big schools, but I'm certain you're bound to see it to some degree. Just stick it out.
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Posted 8/31/15
don't forget the people who try to be funny by loading siri during the middle of lecture, or sending loud twitter messages.
no, the world doesn't need to know that you just received a message from your neighbor right next to you that he's bored of the lecture.
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Posted 8/31/15
Usually only the really general classes are huge. I probably had my general classes with around 150-200 people, my more advanced classes around 40 people and my specialized classes around 20 people.

Even still, I didn't really have a problem with big classes. Everyone seemed to always sit in the same seat and I would be there when the class beforehand got out anyways so I didn't have to worry about finding a seat.
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Whoa that's a lot!! I'm starting college this September but the classes in our school has limits of 10 students to 50 students in each class depending on what class it is. Is it possible to behave and get the attention of the class with 300 students? high school alone with 30 students is so hard lol
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Posted 8/31/15
The school need to assigned proper classrooms. Even this semester there was an over crowing problem for one of my classes.
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Every Chemistry class lol

Are we lacking Chemistry professors or what? When I enrolled there were only 3 classes available.
While there were like 30+ classes for English Composition 1.
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I never liked big classes and seminars.It changes the style and method of the way people lecture.
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I don't know. Big and small classes, professors seemed to talk with me a bit, so it was personal. Whether I was answering a question, had a question, or they were telling me to shut up (I have a voice that projects very well, some say I can't whisper) - I felt I got my money's worth in college.


Then again, I was one of those students that heeded my Microbiology professor's saying and it deeply motivated me.
The person sitting next to you is not your friend, they are your rival.

Big classes just lets you say you were better than that many more students (as the alternative is saying you were just average or below average - my personality made me want to be the best or near it).
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Posted 9/1/15
That's how it's supposed to be for the general courses. Can more easily weed out the individuals who don't belong that way.
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Posted 9/1/15
That's one of the reasons why I transferred to a private college. Most of my classes were 700+....the GSAs taught more than the professors, and it just became a huge diploma factory.
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Posted 9/1/15
I would rather have large classes I go to a small private college and you can't hide there's like ten people per class. It's tough being introvert.
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Posted 9/1/15
I love big classrooms.

I'm one of those people you hate that sits in the back and rarely attends lectures. Some people like myself don't and can't learn by listening. Lecture is pointless to me. Reading textbooks and studying is how I learn. I could never focus in a classroom, so yes I'll sit in the back and play games on my laptop.

Of course the classes I attend are engineering, computer science and math classes. Lectures suck. It's nothing like political lectures or even history. I learn by application and reading. Not everyone learns the same.



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Posted 9/1/15

PrinceJudar wrote:

I love big classrooms.

I'm one of those people you hate that sits in the back and rarely attends lectures. Some people like myself don't and can't learn by listening. Lecture is pointless to me. Reading textbooks and studying is how I learn. I could never focus in a classroom, so yes I'll sit in the back and play games on my laptop.

Of course the classes I attend are engineering, computer science and math classes. Lectures suck. It's nothing like political lectures or even history. I learn by application and reading. Not everyone learns the same.





I envy you your going to have a good job when you get out.
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