TDot’s Tips #2: Go to class

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 11, 2009 in TDot's Tips | Subscribe

One of my friends from the NC State CSC Department sent me an email noting that my TDot’s Tips category included #3, #5 and #7 — no even numbers at all — and therefore my sequencing wasn’t very computer science-y.

First, to my former comrades at NCSU who think I’ve sold out since going to law school: (i) I promise it wasn’t intentional, and (ii) I was never that good at computer science anyway :P

But thanks for the email, since it provides a convenient segue to throw in another tip ;)

GO TO CLASS!

Seriously, going to class is A Big Deal™.

I don’t mean just physically showing up. Cut off Facebook, lose the laptop, grab some notebook paper, a pen, and a caffeinated drink of some kind (I prefer Diet Mountain Dew myself), and actually mentally go to class.

Actively listen. Engage in discussion. Physically write down notes.

If you’re a kinesthetic learner like me, writing down the notes will burn the information into your brain better than typing them on a laptop (or doing nothing at all because a 2L somewhere gave you their briefs and outlines).

If you’re a visual learner, your mind will benefit from seeing the people talking and the words on your notebook pages when you’re done.

And for the aural learners out there, you’ll practically be able to replay the conversations in your head at exam time (I’m jealous, it’s true :beatup: ).

I know I’m up for a Captain Obvious Award by even writing about this stuff, but I’ve been surprised at the quantity of classmates who have shown up to class physically but then spent the entire time checking Facebook or news or blogs or NCAA scores… and then were totally freaking out when midterms rolled around.

I’m not trying to imply I’m a stellar student by any means — I’ve got 2 weeks to wait until midterm grades come back — but if I’m going to do poorly at something, at the very least I’m going to make the best effort I can to avoid it first :)

Anyhow, those are my snippets of wisdom for the day.  Off to read CivPro and Torts for tomorrow as I start the last 7-week sprint of the fall semester!  Have a great night everybody :D

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2 Comments

Soleil
Oct 11, 2009 at 7:43 PM

I was surprised that more students don’t goof off in class in my classes. I figured everyone would be all attentive and scholarly for the first few weeks but then gradually settle into malaise and succumb to the Facebook jones. People occasionally check their Gmail, but hardly anyone chats or surfs the internet during class. I always look around at people’s screens and almost always all I see is a sea of white (white being some Word or OneNote).


 
TDot
Oct 12, 2009 at 7:58 PM

That’s definitely *not* us :) Maybe my section just got all the laid back folks?


 

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