Lectures – When used in the past, they described long, dreary scoldings – but now they are the source of most of our academic content in JC.

The junior college lecture is to be taken seriously. It’s where the majority of content is taught and where we get our basic understanding of concepts, with tutorials to reinforce that understanding. It’s where we learn to be independent learners and hone our note taking skills.

And yet, they somehow are still taken as jokes.

It’s where you can get away with talking to your friend or using your phone. It’s where you and your friends share sweets and where you idle your time away with games rather than listening to the lecturer. Of course, it is also the birthplace of many ‘falling asleep in class’ jokes. The types of students in lectures can range from anywhere in between attentive and interested to the ones wildly taking unglam pictures of their sleepy victims for the class instagram.

Lectures are important, but at the same time they aren’t. Perhaps it’s the fact that the teaching is carried out in such big numbers that we think we can get away without focusing. We can only be so accountable for all our misbehaviour when we are just another student in a fully packed lecture theatre of Victorians. Not to mention that lectures make immediate clarification of misconceptions inconvenient, what with having to disrupt the entire lecture, or having to ask questions personally afterwards when another batch of classes come streaming in.

While we may be aware of the long hours our lecturers put into creating their slides and lesson plans, and how they try to make lectures engaging with quizzes and interesting real world examples to pique our interest, it is evident that lectures (and their lecturers) aren’t given the full attention they deserve.

What will be our consequences for violating the appropriate code of conduct for lectures? I have an inkling that it’s the feeling you get when you’re completely lost at a tutorial, or when you’re helplessly trying to teach yourself mathematical equations the day before the exam.

But will this stop us from fooling around in lectures? I suppose only time will tell.

Chong E-Lyn, 16A14

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