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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

College Survival Tip #2

Do not show up for class; "BE" in class.

Attending class does not mean you show up. You could sit in the classroom every single period and hear nothing, see nothing, feel nothing and learn nothing. Physically being in a room does not in any way make you "present." If your mind drifts to your weekend, your lunch or your girlfriend, then you are not in class.

Instead of looking at the clock hoping for the class to end, participate and interact with other students and with the professor. Ask questions even if no one else ever raises his or her hand. In fact, time does fly when you are having fun, so try to enjoy the short time you spend in class. Use your time wisely and to your benefit. Capitalize on every minute by gathering needed information, taking notes and forming long lasting and advantageous bonds with others.

Professors may or may not require attendance, but eventually every student must produce. Even if you see no immediate value in listening to class lectures, participating in discussions or working collaboratively with other students, the amount of time and dedication you deposit into your "learning account" will ultimately increase your return on investment.

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1 comment:

  1. I loved school, still do, wouldn't miss class for anything LOL. Whether you learn anything or not depends entirely on you, that's what I tell my kids.


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