I consider myself a self-learner, meaning: 1) I'd rather read a book or watch a video than sit through lectures and 2)I like having plenty of control over what I learn and how I learn it.
With that in mind, my ideal college class would run like this:
I am told a sketch of what the field is about, what there is to know, how it relates to stuff I already know and why I should bother learning it. I have a say on what we`re going to cover out of that broad subject and what book we're going to rely (again, I think books are unmatched as a learning resource). Then class meets just to clarify those spots where the reading is challenging and to sove problems. Ratio of individual to in-class work: about 5 to 2
Instead what I get is a guy who tells me what he knows, how he knows it, using his favorite book (often his current favorite, not even what he used when he himself was a learner). He doesn't list the prerequisites the class has, much less bothers to ask whether I have them covered or not. If I ask how this particlar topic will be useful to me, he replies I'll figure it out later in your studies. Ratio of individual to in-class work: about 2 to 5
I know some students can thrive in this environment, but to me such chaos is simply unbearable, especially when I think of how little effort it would take me to arrange my studies to make perfect sense.
Hopefully someone out there has experienced something similar and can comment on how he suceeded in finding a way around it!