He Had a Plan. What Would You Do if Your Professor Refuses to Teach the Syllabus?

Education is important and something that we should prioritize. But what happens when your teacher is an enemy of learning? That’s the situation our story protagonist found himself in during his degree! Luckily he had a foolproof plan to pass the class and help his classmates at the same time!

Studying for a Degree in Journalism

The original poster (OP), a young man pursuing a degree in journalism, was nearing the end of his college journey.

With just a few classes left, one of them happened to be mass communication, taught by a professor he detested – let’s call her Jen.

Jen was a long-time media professional who believed that regaling students with anecdotes about her experiences in radio was the best way to teach.

However, this came at the expense of actually teaching the material and left the students struggling to grasp the content.

She Bragged About Herself

Jen would spend three hours a week bragging about herself, and when asked about the material, she would often go off on tangents about her professional life, even during office hours.

The OP had no choice but to endure yet another class with Jen, as it was a required course. He signed up for mass communication and braced himself for what was to come.

Immediately, there was a problem.

There was no textbook for the course, no handouts, just Jen and her PowerPoint slides.

She Droned on About Her Life

The format of the class was simple – Jen would click on the next slide, tell a story about her life, and if the students were lucky, the story would somehow correlate to what was on the slide.

There were only two graded assignments in the entire semester – a midterm essay and a final exam.

The OP was confident about the midterm essay, as he could write 1,000 words about anything. But the final exam was a cause for concern, as it would test the material that Jen was so casually glossing over in class.

Just a week before the final, Jen informed the class about the rules – they could have one sheet of notes, and she would allow them to have a copy of her PowerPoint slides to study from.

He Copied the Notes

Remembering a story his dad once told him about a student gaming an open-notes test, the OP decided to take a bold step. 

He raised his hand and asked Jen, “Can the notes be front and back?” Jen begrudgingly said that it was fine.

Emboldened, the OP continued, “Do they have to be our own notes?” Jen replied with a “no,” stating that students could get together and swap notes.

The OP pressed on, “Handwritten or typed?” Jen, now annoyed, said either was fine. Finally, the OP asked, “Are there any formatting restrictions?” Jen, clearly frustrated, replied with a “no,” and the OP thanked her before letting her get back to her self-indulgent bragging.

God’s Own Notes

The OP wasted no time. He requested Jen’s PowerPoint slides, went home, and spent hours copy-pasting every single slide’s worth of text onto a single sheet of paper, using a five-column format with 4pt font size, front and back. 

These became his “god’s own notes,” containing the entire semester’s worth of class material on one page. He printed 30 copies and shared them with his classmates.

During the final exams, which were conducted over two weeks for half the class at a time, Jen returned after the first test and held up the exams, asking, “Whose notes are these?” 

The OP confidently raised his hand. Jen was taken aback and asked, “And you just thought you’d share with thirty of your best friends?” The OP retorted, “Well, you did say that we didn’t have to use our own notes.”

100 % Pass Rate

According to other professors that the OP was friends with, for the first time in years, Jen’s mass communication class had a 100% pass rate.

But the story didn’t end there. In the next semester, an acquaintance named L approached the OP and asked if he still had the “god notes.”

The OP obliged and sent them to her. J had gotten wise to this and restricted notes to two index cards.

Somehow, L managed to fit the notes onto those two index cards, and once again, the class had a 100% pass rate! The following semester another student called E approached OP and asked for the notes. 

Jen had said they had to be handwritten, but Ellen had managed to handwrite in 4pt font and duplicate them to the class, resulting in yet another 100% pass rate!

Caused a Ripple Effect

The OP’s distribution of the god notes had caused a ripple effect that even Jen couldn’t control!

Jen finally ordered textbooks and rewrote the curriculum for the next semester.

In the last two classes that OP had with her, Jen was careful to stick to the material, and as far as he knew, she never gave out her PowerPoint slides as a study guide again!

What do you think of this guy’s story? His devilishness was the perfect counter to his professor’s unwillingness to teach them!

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