Going to class in college is much different than going to class in high school. Whether it is a 20-person discussion or a 400-person lecture, these college etiquette tips will help you perform well in the classroom and get the most out of your college education.
Wear Real Clothes
You may be tempted to roll out of bed in the morning and go to class in your pajamas, thinking that no one will really notice what you are wearing. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Professors and teaching assistants take notice of students’ attire, and may view your clothes as a way to discern how serious of a student you are. You don’t have to be fancy or dressed to the nines, but being put together in the classroom is a great way to stay on top of your game.
Avoid Surfing the Internet
Many college professors do not allow laptops in the lecture hall because of the distractions they can create for students during class. On the other hand, a growing number encourage it. If your professors use computer resources to help teach their classes, or allow you to take notes on your laptop, refrain from using the Internet or doing other schoolwork while in class. Disconnecting from the internet, or using the SelfControl app (which allows you to block your own access to websites for a selected time period) are great ways to ensure you stay focused. Whatever you are doing on your computer will not just distract you, it will distract people sitting around you who can see your computer screen. Disturbing others goes against college classroom etiquette, and vocal students may even publicly call you out on it.
Save Conversations for After Class
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to pay attention in class and not being able to hear because people around you are talking or whispering loudly. Again, disturbing others in class goes against college classroom etiquette, and will not be tolerated by professors. Stricter instructors will ask you to leave the classroom if you are caught talking to another student, and it is not likely that they will see or respond to you favorably after that.
Don’t Be Late
Entering a class after it has started can be extremely disruptive to professors and other students who may lose focus as you are trying to navigate through the room and set up your things. Plan ahead, and always make sure to arrive at your classes 5-10 minutes before they’re scheduled to begin. Nobody likes the guy or girl who climbs over everyone to reach that only remaining center seat after class has started, especially the instructor.