Something Liam said resonated with me as I was doing the Phaedrus chat. We had been talking about the Learner Centred Project and he said ‘it is the traditional HD students who seem to be having the most trouble with grades at the beginning of the course’. There was something in what he was saying. Maybe some of you who are turned off by me have been HD students before this. If this possibility exists then I need to do some home work. And here is what I threw up.
I went looking for how can someone consistently get high grades through school and college. And if the net can help. It of course took me into schools – where you get high grades for doing what you are told. So here goes:
1. I found this web site: “One of the biggest challenges of getting good grades is how to make the large amount of schoolwork more manageable, and one of the longest sections of this guide explains in detail how to do that”. So this was about work management. The paper lantern was the exact opposite – it said the more time you spend on this the more rewarding it will be. ummm…. “Getting good grades in college is a challenge that is best conquered using proven methods of studying and a particular framework of attitudes.”
2. This site said ” The goal of this course is to design champions”. And what does being a champion learner in design school mean. I wonder!
3. This is a bit less strategy orientated – so maybe not as useful in the tricks department. “Times change. The definition of “student” once was “one who studies something”. Today it can mean merely “one who attends a school, college or university”.” And then what happens when you attend – you run into teachers who teach stuff the meaning of which is not clear or valuable?
No tips I can give you yet …
4. “Time to Narrow Down Your Extracurricular Activities” Interesting
6. “Good grades in high school have ‘halo effect’ that protects against smoking”
So the HD gives you a “Halo effect” in school. WOW!! Also in uni? Maybe.
But if people are not keen to get good grades – but are going for the pass, and not because they are not good but because they have chosen to “downshift” or consume less or do less or stress less or whatever, then does the “halo effect”(HE) disappear.
Does anyone seriously work to get the HE? And is this a way to make a statement or be noticed in the community?
What happnes if the teacher says all my students are equal – all are as good. It is just that some of them are preoccupied with relationships or have personality issues – and this is the place to go thru all these changes and so why should anyone be penalised for falling in love. Just be honest – no can do, am obsessing about someone. And that is fine. Privilege life over work. Good stuff – right ho!
My conundrum still is with the complexity of negotiating university. Can we get away with doing little? Yes. can we get good grades by doing a little,and a burst at the end? umm doubtful. Very little learning in this – very little dialogue. So good grades tough on this route. Can we get good grades by doing stuff our way and getting it approved by the teacher? Possible in exceptional cases.But again the learning is negotiated – and you may do but not learn – you will have an output, but without any significant substance. Good output – good manufacturable design. But that may not be the point of the studio at all. And you will be using stuff you have learned before – but not what is involved in the course.
So you see. Its complex tough and just like people – cussed.