It has been a long time since my undergrad days. So naturally, having to take time off in the middle of my work day (mostly doing one thing or another in the lab) to sit in a lecture theater is viewed as a hindrance.
That said, I actually found at least 70% of the lectures that I attended pretty helpful, especially for someone who has just transited from module credit research to academic research. Sometimes you just need other people to point out stuff to you instead of learning these ‘soft skills’ the old fashion way (took around 3 years for me). Its amazing how much information you can gain in one 2 hours if only you’d listen.
Also people are expected to speak up in class, your opinions matter, sometimes for a percentage of your grades, other times, to keep the discussion going. More people speak up, I’m still trying to work up the courage to do that.
The biggest difference? There is no content to memorize! At least for the ones I’m reading now (pharmacology is essentially still memorization, I heard). I am enjoying this quite a bit, seems like when the pressure of digesting new content is taken away I tend to listen more closely.
But it seems like the small class size means that priority goes to the lecturer during timetable planning. *rant start*Is it too much to ask for lectures to not be in the middle of the day? I’m having trouble planning my experiments around these. Been staying late more often then I can stand. *rant over*
Anyway, crazy month is half over BUT assignment deadline/ presentation month is coming up.
*Manic shifty eyes*