5 Reasons Not To Skip Lecture

In high school, you probably never gave the act of attending class much thought.

Unless your parents called you out, you likely woke up with your alarm every day and went to class.

Come college, many freshmen encounter what seems too good to be true: classes with optional attendance.

Unfortunately, opting out of too many lectures can lead to problems in the long run. If you need some convincing, here are five reasons not to cut class:

  • You won’t miss any deadlines

If you’re never in lecture, it’s easy to completely push thoughts of class out of your mind. Every college student who has skipped lecture is familiar with the sinking feeling you get when you check the syllabus for the first time in weeks and see that you missed an assignment or a paper.

If you go to class, you’ll get reminders about upcoming deadlines and stay on task.
You can meet study buddies

It’s important to know at least one other person in each class. That way, you’ll always have someone to share notes or study with. Unfortunately, if you never go to class, you’re on your own.

  • You’ll have less out-of-class work

Simply showing up to class will give you a leg up. You’ll know that week’s material and have to spend less time at home reading and catching up.

A lot of times, teachers will use lecture time to synthesize readings: this is a chance to clear up any questions you had about the material. If you aren’t there for lecture, you’ll have to work harder outside of class to keep up.

  • You’ll stay caught up

If you go to class every day, pay attention and take notes, you’ll save yourself a headache the night before the exam. An entire semester’s work wasn’t meant to be crammed into a marathon study session 24 hours before test time.

  • You’ll put tuition to good use

Here comes the cheesiest reason not to skip class: it’s a waste of your college tuition. If you or your parents are already paying for you to be there, why not make the most of it?

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Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric

Selma Haveric is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism and Spanish. When she’s not studying, she loves reading, traveling and bike riding. She’s currently deciding whether to go to law school or to postpone her studies for a year and teach English in Spain.
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