The annoying students you’ll unfortunately encounter in your tutorials

March 27, 2017
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Any student who has been at uni for longer than one semester knows that there are certain people you will find in almost every tutorial. As if the struggle of a 9am class isn’t bad enough, having these people in your tutes can make you want to cut off a limb to skip the hour you’re required to spend with them.

From quizzing the tutor and answering every question to sharing way too much personal information in class, here’s a helpful guide to the kids you should look out for (and sit away from) in your tutorials this semester.

The talker

How someone feels confident enough to talk all the way through a tutorial is beyond me, but these guys have it down to a fine art. They somehow know just how much they can get away with without the tutor yelling at them, while still talking enough to infuriate everyone else around them.

I’m almost certain they get a kick out of being the most distracting person in every room, so if you somehow resist the urge to tell them to shut the damn hell up, give yourself a nice big pat on the back.

The shy one

These kids are usually the nicest and most innocent in a tutorial group. They’re totally harmless, until you’re left carrying them through the semester because they don’t contribute to group discussions or assignments.

It’s completely understandable that they’re nervous or self-conscious in tutorial environments, but it doesn’t make them any less irritating when you’re left to pick up the slack because they’re not doing their part in shared work.

The question master

Like they’re the host of their own university-themed gameshow, these people revel in asking their tutor every question that pops into their head – and keeping everyone’s attention on them – no matter how irrelevant or abstract it may be.

While they’re busy asking the tutor why they chose their field of study, or explaining how they took a similar course in high school so they’re already ‘well versed’ in the topic content, their peers are left with very little opportunity to ask their own questions and a burning rage inside them that lasts until the end of semester (or graduation).

The one with all the answers

There’s nothing like a good academic tutorial discussion to get everyone’s blood pumping (said absolutely no one ever), but these kids make it almost impossible to learn from the points of view of the other people in the classroom.

Nothing ruffles people’s tutorial feathers more than someone who is eager to impress those around them by answering every question that the tutor poses to the class. You’re almost guaranteed to have one of these gems in every tutorial you have at uni. The good news is that, given time, you’ll probably start finding their love for the sound of their own voice tolerably entertaining.

The mature-aged student

If there was an award for the most irritating people in a tutorial room, these guys would take the cake. It’s not their fault – their age difference automatically entails a different understanding of tutorial etiquette, and it can’t be easy doing university at an older age. We should all commend mature aged students on that.

At the same time, their age doesn’t make their bizarre decision to tell everyone their life story at every opportunity any less maddening. Nor does it make witnessing them try to school the tutor on a certain topic, or listening to their inappropriate and slightly racist/sexist/homophobic comments, any less awkward and annoying for everyone.

Penny Robinson

Penny is a Philosophy and Media and Communications student at the University of Melbourne. She enjoys travelling, snacking, and not going to the gym.

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