What do Northwestern undergrads think about learning and teaching? Read on for reflections from students on what works, what doesn't, and how to keep improving.
Rachel Leshin, Psychology and Gender Studies, class of 2015
As a student, I have felt frustrated when a class did not feel "tailored" enough to my interests, skills, or expectations. On a rational level, I understood that this frustration was unfair and immature .... Read more
Alexi Stocker, History and Economics major, class of 2016
On faculty, undergrads, and assessment
As a member of the Searle Undergraduate Learning and Teaching Committee this past academic year, I set out to identify the best methods of student assessment (e.g., tests, quizzes, homework, etc.) in large courses .... Read more
Meg Delaney, Radio/Television/Film, class of 2014
Leading a class was a wonderful experience. I went into the quarter knowing my role would involve planning classes and making PowerPoints, but I didn’t realize how much I would grow and learn as both a student and a leader.... Read more
Yujia Ding, Biological Sciences major, class of 2014
All throughout our educational years, there are adults – teachers, administrators, counselors, etc. – who help guide our paths .... Read more.
Chu Yu, Economics and Math major, class of 2014
Upon entering college, I spent most of my time with other Chinese students who are within my comfort zone.... Read more.
Paige Ourada, Chemistry major/Spanish minor, class of 2016
On stereotyping intelligence
As a child, I remember being competitive about everything by the time I was in first grade.... Read more.
Victoria Vacarezza, Biology major, class of 2015
I was the kid in elementary school who didn’t get to go to the honor roll assemblies my sister attended every semester, but was only there by association. That is, until I received help from a tutor and the assemblies became the norm.... Read more.
Matthew Cassoli, Mechanical Engineering major, class of 2017
While giving a lecture is an efficient way to dispense information, it is not always the best way to teach.... Read more
Jamie Yarmoff, Environmental Science and Theatre major, class of 2016
Something, or some things, aren’t working quite right. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors in particular are struggling in introductory college courses.... Read more.
Samantha Montag, Biological Science major/Science in Human Culture adjunct major, class of 2014
As a freshman, I thought I knew how my life would unfold. I would complete my four years here at Northwestern to go on to a great medical school, after which I would settle down to start a family.... Read more.
Edward Pang, Materials Science and Engineering major, class of 2015
I see a large disconnect between what is taught and emphasized at school and what is valued and needed to succeed in the real world.... Read more.
Joanna (Asia) Jaros, Biological Sciences and Spanish major, class of 2014
My favorite part of AMP is the knowledge that I have contributed to the success of a fellow student.... Read more.
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