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*never*dismissed early. Since college is supposedly the next step of the academic ladder, it would seem natural that classes would be longer. In fact, I found that the opposite is true. At my school, classes are either 50 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or 75 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday. And usually there are no recitations or anything else.

I have recently become disgusted by the way my college allocates class time. So, basically we are in class 100 minutes fewer per week per class and if I take 6 classes (which is the maximum number I am allowed to take), about 7200 minutes fewer than in high school. This is an AWFUL pedagogical strategy as far as I am concerned. There is simply no replacement for being in a classroom where you can interact with a professor and other students, taking notes, asking questions, etc. I think what my university is doing is detrimental to my educational progress.

This leaves students with incredible amounts of free time during the week. For many students, this is of course spent on alcohol, watching television, playing video games, obsessing about relationships, or other unproductive things. For me this becomes tons and tons of wasted hours struggling to self-study things and work out complicated math problems on my own. For all of us, this is HORRIBLE for the 8-10 hour jobs we might have in the real world.

Furthermore, my parents pay massive amounts of money to my university, while my high school education was provided for free. So, it is kind of ironic how my high school education was so much more efficient.

Anyway, everyone please comment liberally about this and share your own experiences.