College is really different from high school. If you’re a freshman, this article will help you cope up with your new environment. This will give you instructions of what you will do before, during and after your class.
In college, cleaning the classroom is not necessary. How it looks like when you arrived there should also be the look once you leave. However, you won’t have a permanent room. You’ll have different rooms per subject for a definite time and it changes every semester. Some professors will allow you to choose your seat. In this case, choose the spot where you could clearly hear your instructor’s voice.
-Don’t be late. Arrive often fifteen minutes before or on time in your designated room. But in case you’ll be, the latest would be until fifteen minutes after the start of a particular period. If the class starts at 9:00, it’ll be at 9:15. Professors also follow this rule. So if he/she didn’t arrive within fifteen minutes, you could leave the room. However, it is still better to go to his/her faculty room and check if you have a class.
-Better go to the restroom to pee or retouch yourself. In this way, you won’t miss any part of the class discussion. Take note: it’s better not to go to the restroom especially during exams. Professors refrain students from doing this unless they were finished answering on their test papers.
-If you’re hungry, better eat before or after class. Doing this during the lecture time will disrupt your focus on the lesson.
-Set your mind at the subject. Recall the previous lesson or check your notes. You might be asked by the professor. It would be a bonus recitation for you.
-Turn your cellular phone off or silent to avoid disturbing the class.
-Before you enter a room, make sure it is the right room at the right time. Don’t just barge in all at once. Who knows? You might get embarrassed once you realize that you entered the wrong room. You’ll disrupt the current class, too.
-Don’t move too much. It doesn’t mean that you should be a statue. Just sit up straight.
-Don’t make noise and don’t let yourself be distracted when you heard one.
-Don’t make useless chatter with your seatmates.
-Don’t text or take out your cellular phone. Some professors were very meticulous that once they saw this device, they’ll snatch it from you. If you won’t retrieve it, you have to meet him/her at the faculty room and give a valid reason why your phone was out at his/her time.
-Don’t daydream. You don’t want to be asked by the professor and you not noticing it, right?
-Take down notes swiftly. Terms mentioned only once or twice might appear in exams,
-When a question is raised, answer as best as you can. Even if yours was wrong, at least you tried. There might be instances that you already know the right answer but you don’t want to share it in fear that it is wrong.
-Ask questions that are running on your mind or clarify things when the lecture was done.
-Share ideas. Professors weren’t living Google who know everything. Class discussion is a learning experience for both students and professors.
-Check your seat if you have any trash. Also, check your things. You might have forgotten something to return inside your bag.
-Summarize the lesson in your mind or take down notes.
There were so many rules, right? It’s okay. If you have the great tactics, you can break a rule or two. As the saying goes, “know the rules well so you can break it like a pro!”