Why learning through books is important in college?

Introduction

From school to college, we will be attending hundreds of classes/lectures. And to be apt, will be even bunking a lot of them. But the final aim of all this is to teach a student so as to make him/her understand the theory of subjects of the present class. This will help him/her grasp the concepts present in the next class upon passing the current year examination. And to pass the examinations, the most important friends in college are the “Books”.

But with each passing year, the syllabus gets more extensive and exhaustive which ultimately effects the level of preparedness. With each promoted class, the amount to study increases. This correspondingly increases the hard work and the time required. And thereby, students tend to move to easier sources to study which takes lesser work and time.

This trend makes most of the students to switch towards reading only the notes of the teachers. This will surely pass the students with better results than studying with the books. But it will never prepare for the unforeseen future. This is realised when different study shows that students with graduate degrees are not worth employing. Reason being lack of proper knowledge and/or absence of applications of theory into practical use.

A word of caution

To all the novice out there, take this article as a word of caution. Because we have been there, and we have seen that. Grades, whether high or low, do not matter when knowledge is present. To those who have passed out from school, do you remember when all the teachers of school and coaching said to concentrate on your board prescribed books. The ones who did had fairy tale results.

But call it a corner case, because although the same is required for the ones who study any graduate courses. But the fallacy here is that the professors do not give any heed to knowledge. The biggest problem is that the time the universities allot for a semester is never enough to teach you a subject.

So to cram the syllabus and complete it within a semester, the professors create notes that are duly repeated to each of the batches in successive years with little or no change(s). And because in a university, the professor sets the question paper for the subject (s)he taught, (s)he create questions that correspondingly match to what (s)he had taught in the lectures. And each of the subjects and each of the semester follow this process. Thus, for students it is better to study the notes to get higher grades rather than the prescribed book(s).


But this habit turns out to be a disaster eventually due to the following reasons:
  1. In graduation, the subjects are continuous like school where the level of knowledge depends on how the understanding of the foundation courses are. Since students do not study through books, they won’t be compliant with all the requisites to learn further semester subjects with proper and thorough depth. This hinders their understanding and ultimately grades.
  2. Numerous projects can be made but only those differentiate you from the crowd which show that they have been made after a thorough understanding of the underlying concepts and therefore, can be transcended into practical applications. Good projects require adherence to proper theoretical knowledge. Because most of the projects are derived from the already present research so until the basics are clear, a proper understanding and execution cannot be seen as an output of the project.
  3. The foremost problem in this country is of the unbalance between what the college teaches and what the industry wants. The fallacy of good grades evaporates when companies come to campus and reject students, who meet their high eligibility criteria, only because they do not have either the basics clear or do not know the applications of theory or lack good projects.
  4. The criteria for studying further, i.e. post-graduate and doctorate, depends on how one has undertaken the earlier education. Better opportunities come to those who have better understanding of the subjects at the graduate level. Unless done from one of the elite institutions, doing masters or doctorate is not a big deal. But remember that they have strict criteria for selection.

Conclusion

The ultimate aim of the graduation process is to land with an employment, either industrial or academic. Although, presumption may be that grades don’t matter because some dropouts have become influencers for the present generation. But normally everyone is not born with such luck at all times. For a commoner who is yet to be an influencer, accept that you actually are a part of the race. And to be ahead of the crowd, only knowledge will help. Short term gains may attract you but won’t help much in the longer term as this race isn’t a T20 but a Test match.

We really hope that this article may have brought some perception changes. And if not, we will take up the study of employability and discuss it with our placement experiences to make the situation clearer at a later stage, if required.

We, CollegeHumara, hereby, ask the student community not to be a part of crowd and follow prevalent misconceptions. Ask genuine seniors, great people working as professionals and distinguished professors about the importance of knowledge gained through books and experience. Book here does not mean physical ones available at the shops or online. It refers to any subject material worth reading available in either online/offline mode.

We, hereby, wish all the students for a better and deserving future!

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