5 Ways to Stand Out in a Large Class

Use these five tips to have a positive classroom experience inside a large lecture hall.

By Sydney Nikols | February 17, 2017

Taking notes shows good study habits and hints at the fact that you’re a dedicated student who cares about the coursework.
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If you’re an incoming freshman, you might feel intimidated by the large classes you’re about to take. After all, these courses will be quite different than the relatively small high school classes you’re used to. Don’t just give up and hide in the back row, though -- instead, use these five tips in order to engage with your new professor, proving that you’re truly dedicated to your education.

If you sit in the front, your teacher will sense that you’re a proactive student.

1. Introduce yourself to your professor.

First and foremost, it’s important to make sure that your teacher knows who you are. At the beginning of the semester, come to class early in order to introduce yourself to him or her. You don’t have to say much -- simply state your name and express your excitement about the coming semester. This will give you an immediate leg up over the students who choose to slink in and sit in the back row. Speaking up which…

2. Always sit in the front.

Large lecture halls make it easy for students to sit far away from their professors. However, doing so shows your teacher that you don’t care to interact or engage. If you sit in the front, your teacher will sense that you’re a proactive student who wants to have a positive educational experience. Plus, your close proximity will allow your teacher to notice your good habits, which is why you should…

3. Take notes.

Taking notes is a good idea for two reasons: It will help you retain the material and it will clue your teacher in on the fact that you’re listening. Taking notes shows good study habits and hints at the fact that you’re a dedicated student who cares about the coursework.

4. Speak up.

Now that you’ve shown that you care about the material, it’s time to be vocal about it, too. Raise your hand in order to participate in discussions and ask questions. Just make sure you actually have something substantive to say -- you won’t get any points for talking just to talk.

5. Take advantage of office hours.

Office hours provide students with the chance to ask questions they weren’t able to address in class. Attending your professor’s office hours with a smart question or discussion topic will prove that you like to take initiative. And if you make a habit of stopping in, you’ll start to form a relationship with your teacher outside of the classroom. This will help you in your quest to stand out and receive a good grade at the end of the semester.

Now that you know how to stand out in a large class, you’re one step closer to confidently tackling your first semester as a college student.

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