What Caused the Demise of the Traditional College Classroom? (Part 1/2)

What Caused the Demise of the Traditional College Classroom? (Part 1/2)
  • Opening Intro -

    We all have a picture of college in our minds and depending on the place you want to apply for, it may differ in some aspects.

    Mine looked like this...

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A cold amphitheatrical auditorium with wall panels dimming the scant light that managed to get in through the heavy curtains. A group of people eager to study who are constantly harassed by the all-knowing and all-seeing lecturer.

The lecturer (tutor, whatever you call it) is the ultimate sovereign of that realm of knowledge. No matter how good you are, if you don’t play by their rules, ‘thou shall not pass’.

Long hours in the dusty library to read useless articles you will never ever need for your future education or any job. Exams you pass just for the sake of passing them, not because the topics covered have any practical application.

I can go on and on. In case you want to get an idea of what I’m talking about, go watch ‘The dead poets’ society’ with Robin Williams. That pretty much sums up what I mean and how my idea of college looked like.

Guess what? College in the 21st century is nowhere near that (thank God!). Here is why:

1. Colleges Fight For You To Be In Them

..and they select the best and the brightest.

Competition has always been there. BUT, unlike the time when people had only one shot at going to higher education, now you have many chances to try your hand at it.

What’s more, all your achievements matter – not only your grades but your sports medals, for example.

2. Why Colleges Fight For Great Applicants

As much as you compete to get yourself that desired place in the Ivy League, for example, colleges fight to get a great applicant in too.

Here is the simple answer why – you are no longer a ‘brick in the wall.’ They need concrete achievements to show off to other colleges.

The whole point is that the more bright, athletic, enthusiastic students they have, the higher up they move in the rankings.

When it comes to getting a place into college, anything can tip the scales. So don’t be too modest or shy to show off your talents!

3. Say ‘Goodbye’ to useless topics and all-mighty tutors!

We all had this high-school teacher that thought they owned the school and hated everyone that dared question their capabilities. Most of us dread meeting a college tutor like that.

Well, guess what? This thing will almost never happen to you! Why? Because you, too, can rate the tutor according to what you experienced during the semester. Were they helpful, were the lectures and activities practically-oriented, the list of questions goes on and on…

Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week!

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