By PLA Hayley
It’s around 8:00 AM when you’re woken up by the buzz or melody of your alarm. How tempting it is to make that annoying noise go away by hitting the snooze button and drifting back to blissful sleep? But wait – you have an 8:30. Your brain quickly evaluates the situation: I could get up and rush off to class to learn more about solving systems of linear differential equations, or I could roll over and catch-up using someone else’s notes some other time. When it’s dark, cold, or rainy outside, the part of your brain wishing for more sleep sometimes wins.
But no! Don’t succumb to the temptation of skipping class! Simply finding the motivation to get your feet out of bed, on the floor, and heading to class can lead to a whole lot of good. Here are a few reasons why attending class (even those 8:30s!) are so important.
1. Spending time in class saves you time later. When you’re in class, taking your own notes, you don’t have to chase down classmates in order to get their notes, copy them, and ask any for clarifications about their handwriting or questions about the course material. Studying will be much easier with your own notes in your words.
2. Listening to your professor lecture in person helps you to remember the course content. Hearing the material along with the professor’s examples, puns, anecdotes, and jokes create a memorable experience. While studying, you can associate a certain something from class. When sitting at home, trying to copy down lecture power-point slides you missed, you don’t experience those memorable moments that will trigger your memory on an exam.
3. Getting out of bed and off to class can kick-start a day of productivity! Attending class is an excellent source of motivation. Sitting at home, it’s hard to crack open your textbook or start typing the first sentences of an assignment. But in class, while your professor is enthusiastically talking about course material, or you’re engaged in class discussion, it’s easier to immerse yourself in the subject. Take that interest home with you.
Next time you’re faced with that small choice – should I go, or should I skip? – remember to make an educated decision about your education. Experience the classroom dynamics that your tuition is paying for! Benefit from hearing your professor’s lectures in person and use the classroom energy to help remember course content and motivate yourself in tackling assignments. Overcome the temptation to sleep in and get up to attend class – your university experience will be all the richer, so you’ll thank yourself later.