The Case Method. It pretty much rules my world.
Though it takes a ton of effort to prepare for case classes, I can honestly say that there is no better way to learn. It’s so much more fun than sitting in some blah lecture class where the professor drones on and on at you while writing formulas on the board. The case method is much more dynamic than any other teaching style I’ve ever experienced, plus it keeps you on your toes big time. After all, who wouldn’t want to start out every class with what pretty much equates to a game of Cold Call Russian Roulette? I find that there is nothing like regular moments of panic to make you feel alive.
Anyway, I know many of you are interviewing now, and I wanted to make sure you were all prepared to speak intelligently about the case method, regardless of whether you were able to get to campus to attend a class. I’m posting a youtube video on the case method for your reference. And no, we don’t start every morning here at HBS out on the Charles River rowing crew…they just put that in the video to make it look fancy. I can assure you I start out pretty much every day hauling it to my discussion group at 8 AM because I am practically always late. Nobody’s perfect!