All this month we’ve been giving you suggestions on how to improve your life in 2013. We gave you nine habits that will make you happier, suggestions on how to get motivated and recipes for healthy
snacks you can make in your residence hall.
You’re in class to learn. You won’t learn if you’re too busy texting your roommate or girl (boy) friend, or mom or dad. This won’t surprise you, but research indicates that students who text often during class have a hard time paying attention to the lecture and often don’t do well in the class. And don’t try to be sneaky about it. Your professor will know what you’re doing. Nothing in your lap is that interesting.
Showing up late
If you’re habitually late, you’ll only make your professor mad. And who wants to do that? Also, some may have an attendance policy, taking attendance when class starts. If you’re not there when he/she takes roll, you may not be given credit for attending even if you arrive just a few minutes late. Why take the chance? Besides, when you have a job, your boss will not let you show up for work late.
Staying quite during class discussion
You may think that if you show up for class, you’re golden. Well, that might not be the case. Some professors may consider class participation as part of your grade. Also, the more you participate, the more your professor will remember you. And you may need him or her when it comes time to getting reference letters. Also, think of participating in class as practice for when you’ll have to participate in meetings and talk to your boss in the future.
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