Some students prefer classes with frequent discussions between the professor and the students with almost no lectures. Other students prefer classes with many lectures and almost no discussions. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
It is obvious that teaching methods have a major influence on education quality. Although most classes are held lecture-based in universities, I personally prefer classes with many discussions. I explore this way for the following reasons. To begin with, a discussion-based session is more dynamic and stimulates students to participate more. They are keen to share their ideas about topics together. So, the session does not get boring, and the students stay focused during the class. For instance, consider a literature class in which the professor gives a short lecture about a poet, and then students should contribute their ideas about him and his poems. So, students would try to listen and concentrate on what is discussed and they don’t play around or do other kinds of stuff like surfing the internet or playing mobile games. Thereby the professor keeps his class fully motivated and energetic during the whole class session. Moreover, students learn faster and deeper by participating in discussions rather than listening to just what is lectured by their instructor. For example, imagine an archaeology class in which the professor nonstop is explaining the existent theories about dinosaurs’ extinction while students are busy with other kinds of stuff like surfing the internet, email checking, playing mobile games, and even taking a nap. Thereby, students are just physically present in class and spend their time. In fact, the teacher has abused them for his own convenience with a pure lecture-oriented class. This definitely has a negative effect on students learning. In conclusion, classes with frequent discussions stimulate students to stay focused during class and learn faster through active participation. In contrast, classes with many lectures have a dead atmosphere and cause a decline in the learning quality of students.
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