Class Participation I have mentioned participation in class as a good way for the teacher to know that you are putting forth an effort to learn. But again I mention it in order to cover the possibility of a participation grade. The highest weight I have seen is 20%; with stakes this high it is very important to participate as much as is necessary. Make sure you know what the teacher expects of you for participation. A few weeks into a semester it is good practice to ask your teacher if he or she feels that you are participating enough in class. This is usually a good indication of what you will need to do the rest of the semester in order to secure full participation credit. For many people, the participation grade is very difficult. In any given class, there are usually only a handful of people who regularly participate. This may be due to the fear of saying the wrong thing or because of pure timidity. Nearly everyone has fear of speaking in public to some extent and will have to put forth an effort to participate. If you are the type of person who has a serious problem with any kind of class participation due to an excessive amount of shyness, it may be worth letting the teacher know ahead of time. Many times, teachers are willing to provide an alternative means of securing participation points. In the class that I had where participation was 20% of the final grade, the teacher created online forums where students could go to discuss
Published on Apr 19, 2009
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