Would You Work As Hard If It Didn’t Count?

At our last Surviving Studenthood meeting, one of our bloggers brought up a very interesting student dilemma. We always hear students say that they would work harder at university if they were just there to learn – that tests, examinations and essays impede our quench for knowledge.

So when one of our bloggers has that very opportunity – to take a course without any real concern with the grade – the results have become rather surprising. In enacting an option for “credit/no credit”, she’s starting to get a little lazy in the course 🙂 – at least, placing this course at a lesser priority . Credit/No Credit is an option any U of T arts and science student can enact for 1.0 credits. If you get over 60% in the course, you just get “credit” on your transcript, without the grade actually showing up.

What do you guys think? Does the stress from test and papers make it difficult for you to keep up with the readings and materials taught in class? Or, do they provide proper check-points for you to make sure you keep on top of everything?

 

~ Surviving Studenthood

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3 responses

  1. Well, I think “Learning” is everything. Working hard does not mean that you are achieving what you aspire to.Any “Machine” can get get good grades by working hard and by burning midnight oil.But, the main thing is passion , passion of learning something new, something unique that triggers your performance.Furthermore, if you are working hard and even getting good grades but you do not know what the real application of your learning is, then your hard work is going to waste.Aspire to Learn, not to Earn.

    1. Wonderful comment, thanks Umer!

  2. Wonderful comment Umer…do you think that grading systems get in the way of that passion?

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