Will I work harder in GST than if I just take a 'normal' schedule?
GST students do not have more work assigned than do freshmen
outside GST. However, there is this difference: since all the faculty
in GST know what each assigns, they space their assignments so that
the work is constant instead of cyclical with slack periods and
frenetic periods in which, for example, three papers and two major
exams are demanded in a two day period. This boom-bust cycle is
familiar to high school graduates. Since it also afflicts most college
students, GST students seem to think that they work harder because
they have few slack periods. When GST students look around their
residence halls they report seeing a lot of students who don't seem
to be doing too much. Either those students are in a slack period
or they are part of that fifth to a quarter of the freshman class
which will end up on academic probation by the end of the year.
Through making assignments interesting, giving students prompt feedback
on assignments, and establishing a supportive community of students
who share the same classroom experience, we make it easier for students
to do the studying they need to do to succeed.