Real talk time: College is expensive. Like expensive.
Don’t waste your money, your time, or your education by missing out on your classes. You may be saying “but Dani, I go to class, I show up, I participate… so I’m not missing out on my classes!” but you may be wrong.
There’s a lot more to college than showing up and doing your homework / studying after class.
It’s time to kick yourself into gear and stop wasting your tuition. That class time is what you’re paying for, get your money’s worth and benefit your education in the process.
Here are 5 habits that you can do in class time to make sure you are getting the most for your money and learning enough to make your homework and studying easier! Get the most out of class time:
To some this is a no brainer, but you’d be surprised by the number of students I see in class who never take out their laptop or a pencil.. or who spend the entire class online shopping. Not only is that bad for your wallet (especially the online shopping!) it’s not great for your future.
Decide if you are going to take notes in class by writing them down or by typing them up, and stick to it.
If you hand write your notes treat yourself to a nice notebook or binder to keep it all in one place.
If you type up your notes make sure to either keep them all in one document, save the documents all in one folder, or use a note taking app like OneNote to make sure you don’t lose anything. Star/highlight/underline any important info (especially when the professor says “this will be on the exam!”) and add in your own thoughts as you go along.
Don’t Copy Down the PowerPoint
This one took me personally a while to implement, but since I have I have to say it is a huge game changer.
If you are lucky enough to have a professor that posts the lecture PowerPoints online, this is seriously helpful. There’s no point in copying down the entire PowerPoint if you have access to it at another time! If you’re focusing on copying down the PowerPoint chances are that you are missing some important info that the professor is talking about in their lecture.
There are a few techniques to help with this. If your professor posts the PowerPoint online prior to class, take time to print it out or download it on your computer. If you print it out, PowerPoint has an option where it will automatically add note lines next to each slide so you can use that to take your notes on and make comments based upon the lecture. If you download it on your computer you can either keep it on your laptop in front of you in class to reference, or use the “notes” section at the bottom of the editing part of the PowerPoint to add in your notes/comments from the lecture.
The point here is to write down what the professor is saying, not what is written on the projector. A lot of time they will give great anecdotes, examples, and facts that you will need to know for the exam or that will help with your paper. This will cause you to become involved, interested, and more educated on the topic.
If your professor does not put the PowerPoint up online, make sure that you are paraphrasing the PowerPoint words instead of writing them down verbatim, while adding in your own comments and those of the professor.
Confused on a topic? Raise your hand and ask the professor. Ask the person next to you.
Have a related question about something you’re just interested about? Ask the professor.
Interested in learning more? Ask the professor.
They’re there for a reason.
We’ve all been there. The professor tries to be “cool” and “hip” and asks a question or makes a joke about social media, everyone sits there awkwardly. Participate. Not only will you get on the professor’s good side (which isn’t a bad thing!) but it will lead to you learning more.
Unsure about an assignment? Have an extra question about something in the lecture? Want a draft of your paper reviewed? Don’t be afraid to step up and talk to the professor after class or head in to visit them during their office hours.
What do you do during class time to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth?