To be successful in tertiary education, it is more important to be a good student than to have good teachers.

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Successful tertiary education, apparently, lays foundation for the future career of each student. On the one hand, as an argument goes, it is more important to be a good student than to have good teachers. Others, on the other hand, think differently. Certainly, each of these views has its own merits.

There are plausible arguments in favour of the student's decisive role. First and fore, good students are more strongly motivated and more fully committed to study. Studies have shown that greater benefits will be gained when students are highly motivated. Admittedly, able students have better academic ability such as, among other things, critical thinking skill, research skill, problem -solving skill, which are indispensable for successful university education. With these skills, students could study independently and make the best use of available resources. In particular, in the current context where good students are aided by the availability of information and technology, teachers seem no longer the major providers of knowledge and skills.

Lastly, evidence has shown that under the same guidance from teachers, able students have better study record.

However, there are also strong reasons in support of teachers' role. Good teachers help to provide their students with reservoir of knowledge and experience for which, otherwise, students would have to read numerous, books. Furthermore, teachers with efficient methodology greatly help to motivate their students, lively inspiring lessons. What is more, even in the new technological era, teachers' value cannot be denied. In fact, no computer or other technology can respond to student needs as well as human teachers, who know what is best for their students. It is not without reason that good teachers often train good students. That is also the reason why quite...