Ha, leave the undergrad notions of "attendance bumping up your grade" behind.
Faithful attendance in dental school does nothing for your dental school grades, even if you fail by one point. We had classes where if you missed more than 1 class, your grade automatically got lowered.
i didn't mean that attendance always helps your grade, because most of my classes had 500+ people and definitly nobody cared if you went to every class or not!! (which i liked
) i just meant that if the profs do take attendance, they usually told us what the situation was... if we would be marked down for not going to a certain number of classes... or if "bumping up" would be determined by attendance... or whatever they were planning on doing. they usually don't just wait until you failed and then say oh by the way, i would have bumped you up if you went to class.
anyways like everyone else i prefer if they don't take attendance, if you can pass without it then more power to you, and if a class is early and/or useless i like skipping now and then as much as anyone. i just also don't get too bent out of shape if they do take attendance as long as they're up front about how the attendance relates to your grade.