#22 Be hung over for 8am exams.
#21 Let stress make your life a living hell.
If you encounter something difficult,  give up ! #20
#19 Sleep in to 10 or 11am most days.
#18 Always arrive at classes fashionably late. Like at a party, nothing interesting happens in the first 30 minutes.
#17 Have a demanding and  time-consuming girlfriend  and/or boyfriend.
#16 Respond to  every  single text message you receive in a lecture
#15 Spend hundreds of dollars purchasing your textbooks, but don’t bother reading them Don’t worry, you’ll make your money...
#14 In fact, don’t bother reading  anything . A quick scan of Wikipedia will answer any possible question.
#13 Expect college to be easy Aren’t computers all about surfing, gaming, and Facebook?
#12 Be ignorant of the due dates in all of your courses. If you don’t know the due dates, you can always blame the profess...
#11 If something isn’t going to be on the exam, it’s not worth knowing.  Have  no  curiosity.
#10 Never  seek help … from the instructional assistants or the professor with your assignments.
#9 Attend lectures with a smug yet bored “this is  so  stupid/easy/boring” attitude.
#8 Never ask the professor to re-explain something that you don’t understand.  If you don’t draw attention to yourself, he...
#7 Never  talk to your fellow students about problems you are having in your courses.  Everyone except  you  understands t...
#6 Raising your warrior priest dwarf to Level 60 so it can defeat Razelikh the Defiler
#5 Always  use the full power of your laptop in class.
#4 Work  40+  hours a week at your “part-time” job while taking a full course load.
#3 Get your classmates to do your assignment work for you.  Your professor might let them share your seat during the final...
#2 Wait until the night before the due date to start an assignment or study for an exam.
…  and the #1 way to fail is …
#1 Never or rarely attend class. You have  much  better things to be doing with your time…
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22 Ways To Fail Your Courses (2009 Edition)

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A light-hearted look at how to achieve undergraduate success by learning how to fail. I update this almost every year because every year students find more ways of flunking their courses.

I give this presentation to our first-year students during their first-year orientation. It always generates plenty of laughs.

This is an update of my earlier presentation on ways to fail your courses.

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22 Ways To Fail Your Courses (2009 Edition)

  1. 2. #22 Be hung over for 8am exams.
  2. 3. #21 Let stress make your life a living hell.
  3. 4. If you encounter something difficult, give up ! #20
  4. 5. #19 Sleep in to 10 or 11am most days.
  5. 6. #18 Always arrive at classes fashionably late. Like at a party, nothing interesting happens in the first 30 minutes.
  6. 7. #17 Have a demanding and time-consuming girlfriend and/or boyfriend.
  7. 8. #16 Respond to every single text message you receive in a lecture
  8. 9. #15 Spend hundreds of dollars purchasing your textbooks, but don’t bother reading them Don’t worry, you’ll make your money back reselling them after you withdraw.
  9. 10. #14 In fact, don’t bother reading anything . A quick scan of Wikipedia will answer any possible question.
  10. 11. #13 Expect college to be easy Aren’t computers all about surfing, gaming, and Facebook?
  11. 12. #12 Be ignorant of the due dates in all of your courses. If you don’t know the due dates, you can always blame the professor.
  12. 13. #11 If something isn’t going to be on the exam, it’s not worth knowing. Have no curiosity.
  13. 14. #10 Never seek help … from the instructional assistants or the professor with your assignments.
  14. 15. #9 Attend lectures with a smug yet bored “this is so stupid/easy/boring” attitude.
  15. 16. #8 Never ask the professor to re-explain something that you don’t understand. If you don’t draw attention to yourself, he/she might forget to test you.
  16. 17. #7 Never talk to your fellow students about problems you are having in your courses. Everyone except you understands the material with perfect clarity.
  17. 18. #6 Raising your warrior priest dwarf to Level 60 so it can defeat Razelikh the Defiler
  18. 19. #5 Always use the full power of your laptop in class.
  19. 20. #4 Work 40+ hours a week at your “part-time” job while taking a full course load.
  20. 21. #3 Get your classmates to do your assignment work for you. Your professor might let them share your seat during the final exam.
  21. 22. #2 Wait until the night before the due date to start an assignment or study for an exam.
  22. 23. … and the #1 way to fail is …
  23. 24. #1 Never or rarely attend class. You have much better things to be doing with your time…

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