You know you shouldn’t skip your lectures, but you do anyway trial. You’re your own boss now, so what’s the problem? Life’s too short to spend in boring lectures, and besides, you’ll catch up.
Even though you may think it’s not affecting you, in the long run, it is.
When you miss class, it takes more time to learn what you missed than it would have taken if you went to class in the first place. You’re actually creating more work and unnecessary stress for yourself. On top of that, you probably won’t learn the work as well.
What the research says:
Lectures are great for debates and discussion. Class discussions can encourage students to learn from one another and express the course content in their own words, say researchers from the University of Maryland. This can help you better understand the material.
Not grasping the work properly will in turn affect your academic performance and grades. According to findings in The Review of Research in Education, class attendance is a better predictor of college grades than any other known forecaster of academic performance, including scores on standardised admissions tests, study habits, and study skills.
This may be more apparent if your attendance in class counts towards your grades. If you skip class all the time, chances are you’ll score a low grade. And, to get a lower grade simply because you didn’t show up is just not worth it.
The social benefit
When you miss class, you also miss out on the opportunity to make new friends, which is an integral part of your college experience. Class activities often call for working with partners or in a group. If you never attend class, you’ll never be able to expand your social circle, and you lose out on valuable support when you need it.
The financial benefit
Founder of the site, collegeinfogeek.com, Thomas Frank breaks it down to the bottom line: “Our main focus should be on the value of each class as it applies to your earning potential in the future, because college is a business decision, it is an investment.”
How invested are you in your future? Remember too that the years you spend at university are fertile ground for making long-term connections. You never know who you may work with in the future and if people remember you as someone who regularly ditched class, you could gain a reputation as lazy and unmotivated.
Statistics show that 60% of students find at least half of their lectures to be boring. When lectures are boring, you’re more likely to skip them.
Here’s how to banish boredom and make lectures work for you:
- Ask questions. Participating in class can help you engage with the subject and speed up lectures. It can also make the lecture more interesting for you and your peers.
- Take notes. This will keep you busy and attentive during lectures. It will also help you remember your lecturer’s words, and filter the information to decide what’s noteworthy.
- Focus on the topic. A lecturer with a monotonous voice can make lectures tedious. Instead of focusing on the speaker, concentrate on the subject. This may help curb boredom and distraction.
- Change your attitude. If you tell yourself a lecture is boring or pointless before it begins, it will be – regardless of its content. Go to class with a purpose and the notion of gaining knowledge to benefit your future.
- Catch up the smart way. If you absolutely must miss class due to an emergency, check out similar Ted Talks and other lesson plans online for a different take on the same topic.
So, what are the up-sides?
There aren’t really upsides to missing lectures worth mentioning. So, make the best decision for your future, and hurry off to class!