So this semester I've been teaching some of our universities physics labs. My labs are the intro series... not for the totally clueless non-science majors, but the semi-science/"soft science" (or well, more accurately non-calculus required science) majors. It seems like people just have so many problems with physics. We don't exactly have the best instructors teaching the lectures but it seems universal that people just have problems with it. What gives? In my experience, other courses in our university just require an hour of study before their exams, 30 minutes for homework a week or so... and it seems as courses get more advanced (from what I hear from friends), that doesn't change too much. Now in hindsight, the way to really do well in my upper division undergrad classes was to study and take a good deal of time to do the homework even if it meant multiple sessions and office hours. Is this idea of studying just lost on less advanced students? Maybe most students just want the degree so they don't have to put on their resume "high school educated"? It's a strange climate.... DISCUSS.