Put Your Best Foot Forward in Class

Show your instructor your best when you follow these tips

When you’re in class, you want to show yourself in the best possible light. We’ve got some suggestions for ways to put this into action on a weekly basis. Some of these tips may seem obvious, but it’s always a good idea to remind yourself. So take a look, and see if you are living up to your potential in class.

Be a few minutes early
You want to avoid busting through the door once the instructor has already started speaking. Arriving early allows you to get yourself set up for learning.

Sit up front
In some classes, you’ll be able to choose where to sit. It’s a good idea to sit in the front of the room, closer to the instructor. Not only can you see better and hear more clearly, but it will help you pay attention and not be distracted by side conversations that may be happening around you.

Be aware of your voice
If you want to chat with a fellow classmate before class begins, do so without disrupting the beginning of class. Talk to someone seated near you, in a relatively soft voice. Speaking loudly to someone across the room is not appropriate.

Pay attention to what you wear
Looking presentable says a lot about how seriously you take your studies. If it’s an early class and you had to drag yourself out of bed, don’t let that show! Show up looking like you are ready to take the class seriously. This makes an impression.

Keep you attention level up
You want to avoid the appearance of seeming bored or restless. Even if the material is not exciting to you, there’s likely to be something new that you did not know. Try to focus on what interests you. Your face will broadcast this to the instructor as well.

When you need help, ask for it
Learning is a process. If at the end of class you feel you still need help, ask to speak to the instructor. He or she may be able to tell you about someone who can tutor you, or about other opportunities to get extra help. You won’t be the first to need this kind of assistance.

Don’t skip classes
Just because the instructor may not be taking attendance each week doesn’t mean you have a free pass to show up when you feel like it. If you have to miss a class for some reason (like a family emergency), get in touch with the instructor and let them know—in advance, if possible. Take responsibility yourself for getting notes from a classmate and finding out what you missed.

If you follow these guidelines, you’re in the best position to get the most out of your classes, and your instructors are likely to notice!


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