When To Skip Class

When you have a boring class in a lousy subject, you will be tempted to skip class. Unlike most people out there giving advice on college, I am not going to tell you “always go to class.”

In fact, I usually skip at least one of my classes each semester and just show up to the exams.

That said, I will advise you to make sure these three things are in place before you actually go out and skip.

1. Make sure attendance does not impact your grade in a meaningful way, if at all.
2. Make sure all the material you need is available outside of class.
3. Make sure you trust yourself to learn the material on your own.

Two and three are very important. It is one thing to skip class. It is another to drop out of class. You need to make sure that you can actually get the grade that you want in spite of not attending lecture.

The purpose of class in the first place is for the professor to teach you the course’s material. It is important, therefore, that you can access that material on your own and do what is needed to learn it.

Remember, office hours are available if you cannot figure out a part of the course for yourself. Just make sure that you avoid talk about your attendance level.

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One Response to When To Skip Class

  1. […] Well, one option is to skip.  Unlike most people out there giving advice on college, I am not going to tell you “always go to class.”  I have an entire article about that. […]

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