Student Responsibilities

Casting Out Nines, the blog of a college math professor, asks:

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on the following statement about responsibilities in college:

In college, it’s the student’s responsibility to initiate requests for help on assignments, and it’s the instructor’s responsibility to respond to those requests in a helpful and timely way.

Do you think this statement is true or false? If false, could you modify it so that it’s true?

There are at least eight comments on the post answering the question.

What do you think?

I think that it is the student’s job to ask for help and the professor’s job to give it, if the help is not, “Do the paper for me” and the crisis isn’t because the student didn’t allot any time to getting the work done.

One of the reasons I give out grades three or four times a semester is to spark an awareness in the students that they may need more help than they are asking for.

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