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Anyone else hate having to go to class when you can just read? - November 17th 2016, 10:22 AM

I simply can't listen to someone lecture for over an hour. I have never paid attention in any class- and guess what? My grades and understanding of all the material are perfectly fine. In undergrad, I wouldn't even bother to show up-I would go an entire semester without ever attending class- but I have found that it gives a negative impression of you to the professor- which ends in the professor not giving you any "benefits" in grading.

Class is something I absolutely hate. It is the most boring thing in the world -yet I have to do it - just to give an impression - since professors always seem to notice immediately when my attendance starts lagging.

But I would be no better off in my knowledge had I simply never attended any lectures at all my entire life. I have only ever taught myself from the textbook and I have gotten away with this pretty easily- since all my core classes that I have ever had in my entire life were mostly textbook based - and I quickly dropped any electives that I have had where you were just supposed to take notes.

But this makes morning classes especially annoying. You stay up really late studying- and you REALLY need to get your sleep for some test - but you need to show up for a morning class to satisfy a professor? So he or she doesn't think I am a slacker? When I know full well I won't learn a thing that I couldn't have learned in 10 minutes from the book? One time I skipped a 9 am because I had to stay up till 7 doing work. The professor looked at me disapprovingly when I saw her again and actually mentioned the fact that I skipped.

Reading the book is more efficient- I don't need the monologue or the commentary. The author's quick commentary and my mind trying to give meaning to what I have just read is much better than a lecture.
   
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Re: Anyone else hate having to go to class when you can just read? - November 17th 2016, 11:40 AM

Going to class is part of school. Most people benefit at least somewhat from attending. I never had a choice, in undergrad we could miss one class without penalty. If we missed one after, it lowered participation. If we missed a third we'd lose an entire letter off our grade, and we needed a B to pass our classes. Four was automatic failure. I'm honestly a little surprised you've been able to just skip classes in grad school.

Even if you can learn it all on your own, you still have to go to class. When you get a job, you probably won't be able to just skip work because you stayed up late. It sounds like you could benefit from some time management so you don't have to stay up so late studying. If you really can learn all you know in 10 minutes from the book, why do you have to stay up so late studying?

Basically, you have to suck it up and go to class or try to take online classes in the future.



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Re: Anyone else hate having to go to class when you can just read? - November 21st 2016, 11:02 AM

quite often professors take your attendance into account when grading you (at least they do at my school)..that's why I think it's better to take online classes (most of universities have them but unfortunately not in every subject since there are subjects you cannot learn on your own)..so I'd say if you don't care much about grades you can continue skipping lectures but still making angry one of the professors isn't a great idea..well..in the end it seems nothing can be changed..in most colleges professors have all the power but still sometimes I do not get them - there were quite a few instances when some of my classmates were obviously using some help [Edited]with their assignments and this professor just put an A but he graded other students who were doing their assignment on their own quite badly..that was a nasty situation...anyways..what I meant to say professors usually feel like students own them or something of the kind..still..there are some nice professors..but unfortunately not many

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