Five things we’re all sick of mature-aged students doing

April 07, 2017
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We’ve all had classes with the classic mature-aged student. At the start of every sem you can easily identify them as the one sitting smack-bang at the front of the class and, well, their age obvs. While some mature-aged students are harmless, there are some that can make tutorials and lectures are long-drawn out hell when you just want to GTFO.

Arguing with the tutor

OK, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of a lively debate, the tutors would in fact encourage that. But when there’s a mature-aged student telling a tutor they’re wrong about a subject they specialise in, that’s when we all groan internally. Sit down MAS, you can’t expect to win this one.

Asking questions when it’s T minus one minute till the end of class

A massive urrrrrrrrgh whenever this happens. Which is most likely at the end of every. single. class. It’s not a simple question either, it’s more along the lines of, “I have just one question, which actually has five parts that relates to everything we learned abouyt today.” Of course, the tutor will oblige and re-explain, but you can also see their eye twitch as they’re just as eager to leave as the rest of us.

Adding comic sans to their component of the PowerPoint presentation

I’m only half joking about this one, but I have seen it happen. But I do feel bad – it would be hard if you don’t know technology as well as a generation that grew up with it. But we all still hope that we don’t get stuck with a mature-aged group assignment member who doesn’t know how to open Microsoft Office.

Making the rest of us look bad

You’ve got to hand it to them. They might have full-time jobs, kids and more adult responsibilities outside of uni, yet they still managedto do all the readings when you don't. They definitely won’t hide the fact they did all the extra optional readings as well, something you have never once attempted. At least they take the attention away from you when the tutor asks the class a question and they’ve got it totally covered.

Any story that starts with “Back in my day…”

Sometimes it’s a harmless, short anecdote. But more often, it’s long-winded and not quite apparent how it links to the class content in any way. Even worse if it’s the condescending “Thing were better in my day” or passing major judgement on the way things are done by this “younger generation”. Watch your words MAS, you are surrounded.

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