from the Undergrads . . . Teaching Tips
from Thoughtful Students
Semester student evaluations often provoke strong responses from all members
of the academic community. Recently, we asked a group of seven undergraduate
students to tell us their opinion on the issue. Several points stood out
as notable for faculty consideration:
take evaluations more seriously when they are given time at the beginning
of a class to complete them, believing that such a decision indicates
that the teacher values their comments.
in the group found midterm evaluations to be useful for assessing and
improving teaching. Teachers who seek comments during the semester are
perceived as conscientious and interested in student feedback.
- The majority
of our participants preferred combined evaluation forms (containing
both qualitative and quantitative questions), reasoning that specific
questions generally stimulate better and more specific feedback than
a general call for comments.
Note Taking and Study Habits
taking and study habits differ by individual, as do lecture styles. A
recent group of nine students agreed on several basic tips to help them
succeed in class: