Do you skip a lot of classes if attendance isn't taken? Be honest! - page 3
I can't stand it when instructors don't count attendance because...I get lazy. My Psych 1 class is like this. We only get graded on exams, period, and out of 17 class meetings this semester I'll... Read More
May 24, '04Occupation: Nurse, of course Specialty: critical care; community health; psych ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 2,355; Likes: 621I got started thinking about some really boring classes and yes, there was a class that I skipped. Art Appreciation had to be the most boring class I dealt with EVER. I was allowed 3 absences and I took them. Watching those slides in the darkened classroom and the professor droning on in a monotone was the sure trick for my insomnia.
May 24, '04Occupation: NP Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in AGNP ; Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 457; Likes: 152I had Human Nutritition this past semester with a lady who was teaching the class for the first time - it was horrible!! She read word for word from the book or she posted her notes online and read word for word from those. I went for the first 2 weeks then never went back except to take the tests. This class was an elective for my Human Bio degree so when I was supposed to be in nutrition I studied for pharmacology, biochem or eukaryotic cell bio which I also had. I got a 4.0 in the class and was really grateful that I could use that time for my more important classes.
I definately don't advocate skipping classes but I literally wanted to pull my hair out after listening to my prof talk for 5 minutes....
May 24, '04Occupation: RN Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 175; Likes: 2When I went to college the first time I found that skipping became a habit and got me behind in classes on a much too regular basis. When I started back for my nursing program I decided I would never miss a class unless I was sick.
In the past 2 years I have missed 1 day of class and no matter how boring class is I will be there if at all possible.
Now that I am in nursing I can't afford to miss because they lower your grades for excessively missing class and they don't openly take roll, they learn who is who and just look around to see who is missing.
May 24, '04Occupation: Student Joined: Aug '03; Posts: 80; Likes: 1When I was younger I skipped class too much and my GPA suffered. My college transcript is spotty at best. I know that I will probably never get into graduate school. I know there would be too many people with impeccable transcripts competing against me. I've accepted this, but I wish I could turn back time and do what I was supposed to do. I learned from my mistakes and I never, ever miss class unless I have to, not because I want to.
May 24, '04Occupation: RN Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg ; Joined: May '04; Posts: 826; Likes: 47In the 130 credits of college classes I've taken over the last few years I think attendance was counted in like two classes. I'm not kidding. Sure, you can stay home, you don't have to go, it's not high school, the principal's not patrolling the halls. But the reality is, if you want to get something out of your class, then you need to put something into it. And if you only are able to muster up some committment when someone's grading you based on your attendance, then I'd question your committment to your education as a whole... nursing classes or non nursing classes.
Quote from Star Trek NerdI can't stand it when instructors don't count attendance because...I get lazy.
My Psych 1 class is like this. We only get graded on exams, period, and out of 17 class meetings this semester I'll have been to a whopping total of: 7 classes! And the first 3 were the ones before I figured out I could get away with not coming, the other 4 days are for our exams which are the sole basis of our grade.
Sometimes I wonder why I wasted my money, because half the class isn't there on a given night and I truly am not learning a thing. Our instructor's teaching style is bad for procrastinators because she's always behind, and because she has us all read straight from the book and doesn't explain anything. Everyone knows you can study at home and save yourself the trip. We don't even have to swap notes...there's nothing to write down!
I need more motivation! AGHHH! So glad this class is almost over...I'm getting a B with very little effort and feeling quite guilty about it too...:imbar
This is a community college and I was wondering if anyone else out there had classes like this. On one hand I am happy because I don't have to work so hard, and on another I know I am shooting myself in the foot somehow...
By the way I know I won't be able to skip any actual nursing classes so please don't flame me, thanks!
May 24, '04Occupation: Patient Care Technician/Student Nurse Specialty: Going to Peds! ; Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 707; Likes: 535I skip classes because I read my textbooks on my own. No problemo.
May 24, '04Occupation: Support Staff - MRDD Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 394; Likes: 11Nope, I almost never miss class - I am PAYING for my time there and paying for the teacher to teach me - so I show up and expect to learn....heck, I enjoy the time out and away from the house and being able to talk to other people
May 24, '04Joined: May '04; Posts: 38; Likes: 3Quote from mariedoreenI don't question my commitment at all. I used to, but then I thought about it some more. I never skipped any of my pre-requisite science classes, and except for this class I am normally an excellent student. I work full time while going to school - and I really do work my butt off in both places. I even took microbiology in a grueling 6-week mini-semester (also while working full time) so that I could get a jump on my spring classes....And if you only are able to muster up some committment when someone's grading you based on your attendance, then I'd question your committment to your education as a whole... nursing classes or non nursing classes.
It's just that if the attendance was required in this particular class, I would go. I went tonight because I felt guilty after posting the original thread. And honestly, it was a total and complete waste of time. I could have stayed home and read the book and gotten more out of it. I could have sniffed glue and gotten more out of it. Community college courses are that way sometimes.
To each his/her own I guess.
By the way, I don't get a single penny from anyone so I pay for all my classes and books.
May 24, '04Joined: May '04; Posts: 80Just had to comment. I have noticed some teachers giving students the benefit of a doubt if they have an 89.5 etc. to the students that appear eager and show up for most/all classes. I am only concerned due to wanting to go to graduate school and want to keep good grades.
May 25, '04Joined: Dec '03; Posts: 641; Likes: 20Quote from hobbesDitto...except that I did miss a lot of Nursing 101 classes because it was just reviewing our reading. I hate to say it, but Nursing 101 was an easy "B" for me. On the flip side, I had Med/Surg this spring and my butt was in my seat for every class! I don't see how anyone can miss Med/Surg classes.I personally am one that has no qualms about skipping lectures because I don't believe I have to be dependent on the instructor to learn, especially for prereq classes like chemistry, A&P, psychology, etc. If I've determined from the first couple of classes that the instructor is not going to offer more insight that what I can get from the book, then I'll just learn from reading and save the commute time. On the other hand, if most of the instruction is from notes or the instructor is actually teaching then by all means I'll be there. Now, when I start actual nursing classes in the fall, there will be no missing of classes.
May 25, '04Occupation: Urgent Care APRN Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in ER ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 181My Bio teacher this semester did not take attendance, in fact most of the quizzes each week were online. On occasion she did give extra credit questions to those that were there or showed clips that would be on the test. I attended every class and do for all of my classes. I just cant stay away from school!
May 25, '04Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 5,926; Likes: 15Man, I flipped out when I had to miss an A & P lab due to a horrendous snowstorm (and school still went on...). I don't think I could handle missing class in all honesty. I really would be afraid that I would miss something that one time that I wasn't there.
May 25, '04Occupation: SAHM...Future Nurse! Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 790not a chance of me skipping! getting in to the program is tough and competitive, i'm going to feel grateful and attend every class (emergency's are the exception). I dont care how boring it is! if it wasnt important for us to attend, they wouldnt offer the course right? and why settle for a B? i'd much rather give that little bit extra and come out with an A.