Professors assigning too much homework? Welcome to college

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Do professors give too much homework? It might be tempting to say yes immediately, especially since everyone is pretty overwhelmed at this time. Midterms just passed, but there is more work ahead. Push through. You can do it. However, I do think that this is a thought-provoking question. I am going to take the easy way out and say that it depends on the nature of the work. But hear me out before you denounce me.

First of all, come on, people, we know what we signed up for. If college were easier
than high school, there would be little point in being here. School may not be a strong suit for many students, but they still knew they were entering a world where both a higher quality and quantity of work would be expected. I think it is important that I say this because a lot of complaining is just general complaining about homework. Which is fine. I do not have a problem with it, since I complain just as much as the next person.

All of this being said, there is merit to this claim in some cases. The claim represents continued argument of quality verses quantity. Sometimes quality requires quantity. If a student has to present on class readings, the quality of work will be diminished if they have not done the quantity of the readings. If a student needs to write a substantial research paper, three or four pages is not going to cut it. I am sorry, but that is true.

Often times if I come up short of a page requirement, I ask myself if
I am expanding enough upon my ideas. Maybe I do not have enough evidence to back up one or two of my claims, and that is an area where I can fill in the gaps. Generally, professors are going to be more interested in the quality of students work, but they do not want to have to fill in missing gaps because a student neglected to fully develop their ideas.

I generally side with the professors because, well, I am a nerd. I am also a very hard- core student who likes to have homework done five to seven days in advance. School has

always been my thing. Maybe I will be a professor one day, once I develop a highfalutin vocabulary and decide what I want to “nerd out” about for the rest of my life. However, there are cases when I think that the volume of work is unnecessary. For example, I have an issue when professors assign exorbitant amounts of reading for a class at the same time that a major project or essay is due. I can handle it, and I have survived many a situation such as the one I just described. However, it is exhausting to spend time doing something major for a class and then finish reading for that same class, while also juggling other classes. I suppose that is what multitasking is all about. Perhaps now I am just complaining.

Another issue I have is when professors assign readings that they do not go over in class, nor does it seem like they intended to. The worst thing is when they just never talk about the reading or use it for anything else pertinent to class. I feel annoyed when I waste my time with reading that does not even get an honorable mention in class. This is busy work, and there is nothing I dislike more than busy work. I like work that has a purpose, but I suppose you cannot always have that.

So sorry, I do not think that professors overall give too much homework. There are those exceptions, and some- times it feels like all the work a professor gives is busy work. I’ve been in classes like that, and they are not fun. Hang in there, though. If you feel trapped right now, there is al- ways next semester. If you are a senior, congratulations, you are almost there.

Maia Campbell, a senior, studies political science. She is the Campus Life Editor of  Le Provocateur.

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