I’ve had the opportunity of meeting and engaging lecturers for about 7 years in the tertiary institution, and this isn’t uncanny, but it’s necessary to indicate the obvious: not all lecturers are the same. As much as most of them are interested in making their moneys by not missing a lecture and not even caring as much when the student misses their lecture or not, there’s a handful of them who actually make the students feel like they matter. For the first time in 7years, a lecturer’s caught my attention in class and outside class. Let me tell you all about it.
Prior to the class was a negotiation to adjust his lecture time to favour my classmates; about 85% of the class are workers and ideally close by 5pm, and would have to endure rush-hour and traffic to get to class. The negotiation was a platform on Telegram, and it happened that anyone who spoke in favour of the situation made it even worse, but he was going to agree to alter his period if anyone was to convince him. You see where this is going, right? Yeah, I did it, and on top of that, I got 5 marks prior to the first class. Awesome, right?
He introduced himself as Top Gun and insisted we call him TG. He’s Djigbordi Gunadiish. My first impression about him – this is one difficult lecturer.
HERE IS WHY…
- No absenteeism 😆
- If so, then prior notification will do. Total mark of the semester will be deducted.
- You can’t chit chat in class, you’ll be asked to leave and lose the attendance count of the day
- Read ahead of time 😡
- You can’t be late for class. You’ll stay out. 😕
I remember being 5min late to class because I had to move from Tema to Accra, and sat in a taxi which decided to use a different route to beat traffic, so I had to walk miles to get to class. Besides the frustration, I met a couple of my mates outside the lecture hall; one mentioned how one of the girls was thrown some Yawa when she entered late.
When he wasn’t in class, we will talk of how he’s so strict and insensitive, and wondered how he kept up with all his stringent rules. Initially, we didn’t like him. Half way into the semester, TG was on the lips of every student he lectured.
WANNA KNOW HOW?
- Lecturer is available on WhatsApp, phone and email. You can contact or meet face to face with him when having issues with concepts in class. An open door policy. Pretty cool, not so?
- You won’t get an IC (Incomplete) because you’ll be called to resolve all issues with the lecturer before the final result is posted. And he has a way of finding you.
- Emphasis is placed on attendance, class work, quizzes, assignments, group works, and class participation in class going a long way to determine or influence a student’s final grade for the semester.
- He is a friend. There were times I’d confide in him and had appropriate constructive feedback
- No barrier between the lecturer and his student
- He is tough in class and disciplines any form of inappropriate behavior. Now that, is understandable.
- He is calm and approachable out of class, and would listen to any gobbledygook suggestions and answers, encouraging us not to laugh at those… we do, sometimes.
- Contribution in class and engagement with the lecturer by asking questions, making contributions or even challenging what the lecturer teaches. The challenges make the class lively and causes us to remember what is being taught.
I wonder if students write about their lecturers. Well, I just did, because he’s unsurpassed of the many I’ve seen stand in front of the lecture hall to talk. Central University College sure did pick a noble one, and all Management Studies students in my batch will attest to this.
Photography: Michael Boakye