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Getting the Most from Class Time

There is much more to attending class than walking through the door and sitting down. Students who attend class regularly and actively engage with the material by effectively taking and reviewing notes outperform their fellow students. 

Create your optimum classroom environment.

Although you do not have complete control over the classroom environment, there are a number of steps you can take to help you effectively learn the material.

  • Make sure that you sit in a seat close enough to the front so that you can hear the instructor and easily see any material that the instructor writes or projects on the board.

  • If there are classmates who are a distraction—even if they are friends—choose a seat away from them.

  • Have all of your note-taking supplies easily accessible. Bring extra pens so that you do not have to search around if ink runs out.

  • If you are using your laptop, do not let it distract you. Do not have it connected to the Internet. If you need PowerPoint slides to follow the lecture, download them to your computer before class. If you have trouble keeping yourself off the Internet, manually shut off the wireless.