Being a student is certainly not easy, with so many courses to read up on and understand in order to do well in these courses. Consider this: a single student at my university can take up to ten courses in a semester and a maximum of 24 units per semester, whereas a lecturer can only take one course for a class. The question is, why can't a lecturer take all of the courses since we students are required to read all of them?

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It would not be simple for a lecturer to do it, just as it is not simple for students. One of the most annoying things is when professors present straightforward examples in class but give harder problems to solve on assignments, tests, and exams. Furthermore, these lecturers would be unable to manually resolve the problems without consulting the already written solutions when it came time to provide answers to the questions.

The scenario occurred in class today. The lecturer was teaching Engineering Mathematics, which is a difficult course for all students. The lecturer was not consistent with us throughout the class and rushed through the notes and calculations for us, not caring if we understood the examples provided. I was enraged because it was infuriating for many of us who needed time to process these calculations before we could fully comprehend them.

Unfortunately for me, the topic was Solutions to Ordinary Differential Equations, which requires an advanced understanding of integration and differentiation, and I had forgotten most of the basics I needed to know on this topic, so I had a difficult time following what the lecturer was saying. Furthermore, he was simply writing the solutions on the board, not carrying the entire class along.

After rushing through four to five examples, he turned back to us and said, "Tear a sheet of paper for a test." "Is this Man Serious?" I wondered, but he was. Then he gave us a test on the topic he discussed in class. Let's say he made it an open book test so we could follow the steps he used in the examples; it would have been very convenient for us, but he said he must not catch anyone checking through their notes.

Unfortunately for me, I enjoy sitting at the front of the class, directly in front of the lecturer, so that I can easily grasp what is being taught. As a result, I couldn't open my note to remember the steps he took to solve the examples. I got lost during the test because I am the type of person who is proud and does not know how to ask a neighbour for help while taking tests and exams. I prefer to concentrate on my work.

I tried so hard to remember how he solved the examples, but it was so difficult for me to solve the test question because he didn't carry us along as he solved the example questions. I could only recall a few things, not everything and not in the correct order. I had no choice but to submit my test sheet in this manner, knowing full well that I would receive low marks if the test was graded.

I was hurt... I was in so much pain that I couldn't answer the question. I remember being the best in Mathematics in secondary school (high school) and passing every test I took. In fact, there was a session where I received a score of 99/100 in Mathematics for my tests and exams. Now tell me how I got here... I understand that the level of difficulty varies in high school mathematics, but it should not have gone this badly for me.

Anyways, I believe I can be better and I just need to put in more effort and time...

Back to our discussion about today's class...

This lecturer gave us 15 mins to solve the test question he gave us, then collected the test sheet from us and after that, he decided to solve the question himself. I was laughing when the man could not solve the question himself without looking at the solutions written in his note. The funniest thing is that he used more than 15 mins to solve the question because he tried to explain it but he was making some minute mistakes. Obviously, he would have used far less than 15 mins if he would have written the solutions straight up from his note.

I was now wondering how this man expected us to know something he rushed us in without proper explanation, how he expected us to pass his test when he couldn't solve the same question he gave us without looking at the solution he had already written down. How does that make sense?

Perhaps he expects us to have read ahead of the class, which is possible because some students do, but for me, it is difficult because of my activities and I am falling behind in some courses. There are some courses in which I know nothing and understand nothing since the first lecture.

Most of the courses I am taking involve calculations because I am studying Mechatronics Engineering... I'm taking a total of 11 classes this semester, two of which are practical, one of which is Engineering Entrepreneurship, and the other eight are calculus-based. I'm still trying to picture in my head how I would manage the calculations for each of these courses right now. I'm doing my best to study hard now rather than wait until exams are close by because it will be much more difficult to meet up then and it will be crazy to try to finish a whole semester's worth of material in one night.

This is likely the cause of my lack of activity here, and I am also keeping busy by attending an online school in addition to my regular classes.

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