Participation in class

Are you always hearing that you need to participate more in class? That it would improve your grade? What exactly does class participation mean? And what can you do to improve yours? We have some answers:

What does "Class Participation" mean?

  • Class participation means talking (reasonably) intelligently about the subject matter.
  • Asking Questions: Remember, there are no "stupid" questions. If you don't understand, ASK. The likelihood is you're not the only one who doesn't understand. Also, asking questions is one of the easiest ways to build up your courage to talk in class.
  • Answering Questions: Don't think you have to have THE "right" answer. In a lot of college courses, there are many "right" answers. And even if you're not going in the right direction, the professor will probably appreciate your effort.
  • Responding to others' comments: Do you not agree with what someone else just said? Raise your hand and tell the class why. Your reasoning and initiative will probably impress your professor.

How can I improve my class participation?

  1. Go to class.
  2. Sit up front. It helps you keep awake, it can encourage a positive attitude and confidence, and it shows that you are sincerely interested in the material being presented.
  3. Read BEFORE Class. You might understand what's going on better.
  4. Take notes. This keeps you on track with what the professor (or someone else) is saying.
  5. Smile. Make eye contact. Your professor will notice.