Students, faculty give each other constructive criticism
By GARREN BUSTAMENTE
AND CODY SCOTT
Although nobody is perfect and with the fall semester halfway over, some students, faculty and staff members are starting to wear out each other’s nerves.
With students worrying about not having money, getting school work done and trying to be on time, a difficult professor can be the cherry on top on the list of struggles.
Students say they rely on professors to help answer questions and explain topics; however, they don’t always get the help they seek or need.
“They don’t help with a question and they repeat the same information instead of helping you,” Princesa Benitez, a radiation therapy major, said.
Some students said they want to have a better connections with their professors.
“Create more of an environment,” Andrea Quiñonez, a dental hygiene major, said. “Instead of just giving work, form, like an actual relationship,” Quiñonez said.
By forming a relationship students might feel like they could share these complaints with their instructors.
“If I told them, ‘Hey, I can’t understand you, you should slow down,’ they should want to slow down,” Quiñonez added.
Other items on students’ wish lists include patience, listening skills, better management of class assignments and organization of grading and deadlines.
“Having more patience because we all learn at different speeds and are different in general,” Mayra Vargas, a general studies major, said.
“Better time management like getting more done in class and staying organized,” Lexus Leon, a radiation therapy major, said. “They get upset at us about deadlines and then take too long to grade,” Leon said.
Students aren’t the only ones with complaints. Professors and educational support staff members say they get irritated when students aren’t prepared for class.
“I’ve assigned reading or a video and sometimes students will come to class not having done the reading,” Frank Bellizzi, a U.S. history professor, said. “Therefore, they are not prepared to take part in the discussion or they can’t absorb anything that we are adding because they don’t have the foundation,” Belizzi said.
“It really helps if our students speak up clearly instead of mumbling,” said Walter Adams, a professional tutor. “I’m glad to help those in need of a higher education and those pursuing their G.E.D., however, I can’t help those that are not willing to try or those who do not take education serious,” Adams said.
The pandemic is a major reason why class environments and connections might not be fully operational right now.
“I’m glad my students are back in the classroom,” said Aaron Faver, a U.S Government professor. “However, it’s frustrating to know many are dealing with a series of stressful events causing many of my students to miss class and not be open during classroom discussions due to our complicated times,” Faver said.
Some AC employees and students said they feel the college could do more to support students through the COVID pandemic.
“I feel Amarillo College has created many barriers for students this semester, due to the stressful events around us,” said Micah Smith, a Smart Start Center supervisor. “Amarillo College is great overall, but I believe we can do better when it comes to getting our students’ aid and pointing them down the right avenue,” Smith said.