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Socratic Method / Re: I hate the Socratic Method
« on: October 11, 2005, 05:08:52 AM »
At its best, the socratic method is a tedious exercise in the obvious.  At its worst, it is humiliating, anxiety inducing and counterproductive.  God forbid one of the day's targets should be unprepared...

Professors could make the process better by focusing on relevant material.  If a question seems pointless, the prof should at least make us aware of WHY they are asking it.  Furthermore, there isn't a lotta benefit to grilling students who aren't able to participate, questioning the obvious or grilling a single person for more than a single case. 

I've already had a terrible experience with one professor who regularly stumped me within a few questions.  I consistently looked unprepared, sounded meek and felt ashamed.  I asked what I was failing to understand that caused me to discard the facts in question, and was told that the questions were "just to see how closely I'd read".  It is unfortunate that I had expected more than a trivia contest when I briefed the night before.

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