Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Although it may seem trivial, good attendance for a class can greatly increase your chances of doing well in a course. Going to class is a good habit to pick up your first year and maintain throughout your college
career. Many freshmen either don’t heed the warnings of upper classmen who tell them not to skip, or, foolishly listen to some of the older students who assure young freshmen that for certain courses, attendance is unnecessary. However, most students who skip class, yet still do well are exceptions, not the standard. I don’t doubt that many of you have the
ability to miss class, yet still catch up when midterms and finals roll around, but why stress out while cramming, rather than keeping up with the material on a daily pace? Also, continual recitation and reiteration of the material will help you learn it more thoroughly as opposed to the couple hours or less that you spend learning it on your own. While class time that you utilize on other tasks may seem much more important, such as sleep, in the end, you’ll be a lot more thankful that you attended class than those couple hours of sleep you caught up on instead. Most professors, knowing that students choose to sleep in or skip, choose to leave out vital information on the slides they post on ctools, or purposely put only the bare minimum of information on their power points. Looking back on these slides right before an exam and not knowing what anything means or how it’s correlated, can screw you over – BIG TIME. So be wise! If you know your professor puts everything on the power point slides AND records his lectures, sure, you may be able to skip stress free, but why sit for hours
the day before an exam listening to numerous, dry lectures? Also, those who aim to go to any type of graduate school after undergrad NEED the recommendation letters from professors. How do you approach and have a
conversation with a professor with whom you’ve never attended a lecture of? For most students, unless you’ve received a full scholarship, tuition is costly, whether you’re in-state or out-of-state. For just in-state
students, it’s about $50 per class , not the overall course, but the class! Think about the money you waste by not attending. So for those of you who wish to both succeed in college and make good use of your
parents’ investment, go to class – it’s the simpler way to doing well! 

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By: Michelle Park