Hello all, as a little background about myself, I am a non-traditional college student that is enrolled in a class that revolves around group communication skills. I'm a little bit older than most of the people in my class, so I have different life experiences when compared to the typical student that make it hard for me to relate to some of the topics that are coming up in class. I already have issues grouping up randomly with strangers, and being put in an artifical setting for the sake of "learning group skills" amplified them. Cognitively I understand this is just an inconvenience, but emotionally I'm getting stressed out.
The way the class is designed drives up my stress levels, and it easily became the most dreaded four hours of my week. Aside from the artifical learning setting, students have to earn participation points by speaking about something at least once during the class period. This is leading to all the quick witted people trying to get their "turn" in quickly, in the meantime I'm still trying to gather my thoughts about the topic to give an intelligent response. By the time I have one ready someone has already said something similar or the horse is already being beaten to death. Impromptu group work within the class period is also starting to happen and is also better suited to the quick witted people that can make a presentation on the fly. Hell, this post has already taken me a lot of time to think out and word properly. Aside from just trying to find a way to bullshit a response within the first half hour of the class, I don't really know what I can do to improve anything. Coming up with a stupid answer for the sake of a participation point just feels wrong.
I'm sorry about the long post, and I'm sorry if this was the wrong section to put this in.
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