1. It has become very clear with each day that the students are only ever looking at the tutorial and the exam! The class as a whole, as well as individuals in particular, would have done much better to be prepared to the point that they had the content to help themselves. The fact that we have a $15,000 textbook that is more than 300 pages of questions helps no one at all. Instead, it makes it very clear that we are only ever going to the "teacher." Try as they may, the students can't always read the text book.
As a result, when the time comes to actually do the homework, for some students, the class is only disappointing, and for others it may just be confusing. I am surprised daily by students who aren't able to understand what is going on in the problems. I've explained to them multiple times that my job is to get them to learn the material and show their progress. Instead, I am finding myself going in circles with these students because all they have left to go to is the teacher.
2. Even when they do put some thought into their homework, they usually don't explain it in the appropriate way. Even though some homework is going to be deleted it is important to mention which homework is being deleted.
3. The students are only posting the same questions that are in the actual tutorial. With how quickly the answers have come up it really makes it seem like the tutorials are just being duplicated all over again and then just changing the basic solutions. When reviewing homework, consider putting it in a different way than the tutorial instructor did.
Now that I've learned the hard way, I feel like I was quite a jerk to that student. I've been wanting to see if I could get the student to try answer my question but I think it is a bit naive to just ask. d2c66b5586