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General Study Habits

Always Attend Class

One of the first things freshmen hear
when they come to campus is talk
about how easy it is to “cut” classes
compared to high school. This is
because college professors assume
that their students are mature
enough to accept the responsibility
of attending class without the need
to use valuable class time calling roll.

  College work proceeds at a rapid pace, and missing class is a surefire way to quickly fall behind. Never assume that the professor considers lecture attendance unimportant simply because she/he does not take roll. Regular lecture attendance on your part is essential for success in biology!

  Lecture is also a place where important scheduling information about review sessions, exams, and laboratories is conveyed to students. Missing lecture means that you miss out on this useful information.

  Unlike lecture, laboratories or discussion sections usually have a mandatory attendance policy, with absences allowed only for legitimate and verifiable excuses. Moreover, since these courses typically meet only once per week, missing one means that you have missed a large amount of material, which puts you at a competitive disadvantage with other students.

  If you need a more practical incentive to make yourself attend class, think about this. The average college graduate makes roughly $600,000 more in lifetime earnings than a person having only a high school diploma. That’s $150,000 per year, $75,000 per 15-week semester, or $5,000 per week when factored over the four years of a college education. Thus, at a potential loss of $1,000 per day in additional lifetime income, the cost of missing classes really adds up!


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