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Skipping a class

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ajh1995, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. ajh1995

    ajh1995 2+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2014
    Just need an honest opinion on whether this is good reason to skip a class or not.

    I am taking calculus with a teacher that I cannot understand. I take notes in lecture, try to work problems out his way and still have difficulty with tests and quizzes. (this isn't just me, the class average is in the 50's). I missed class on accident a few days ago and worked through the lesson and did better on the quiz and understood what I was doing.

    I spend the same amount of time by myself studying as I do in class but I always understand the lecture when I study alone.

    P.S. Never skipped a class in my life. But I would if it means understanding the subject and having a better grade. I just want to make sure that I am not over-reacting.
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  3. Afford

    Afford 2+ Year Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    You already answered the question yourself. If you want to skip the class, then skip the class. Just do whatever you feel would get you a higher grade.
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  4. Psyche Estrelle

    Psyche Estrelle Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles Physician 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Lol people cut classes all the time. They still get into medical school. They cut classes IN medical school and still graduate. God isn't mad at you. If they don't take roll and you can make the grades you need, you'll be fine.
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  5. Plecopotamus

    Plecopotamus 2+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    why do you need a good reason if attendance isn't factored into your grade?
    why would you continue to attend?
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  6. singergirl18

    singergirl18 2+ Year Member

    May 1, 2014
    New Hampshire
    I had a stats class a few years ago with a poor teacher, and instead of going to the class from 10-10:50, I went to the library and did stats work for that time. I got way farther and learned way faster. It ended up being an easy A.
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  7. Aerus

    Aerus Elemental Alchemist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    hSDN Member
    hSDN Alumni
    I skipped all my lectures for Gen Chem 1 and still got an A. I recommend it if the lecture style doesn't fit with your learning at all.
  8. JPA178

    JPA178 2+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2013
    If going to class and taking notes isn't benefiting you, and attendance isn't part of your grade, use the time in whatever way works best for you. If going to the library to study on your own during that time allows you to understand the material and get a better grade, you should do it.
  9. DocConk

    DocConk 2+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    I'm guessing you're a freshman and by the time you have a few semesters under your belt, you'll be pro in the sport of skipping classes when you can do well on exams regardless. I seldom went to my stats class---A.
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  10. Fedekz

    Fedekz 7+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    hSDN Alumni
    My instructor for organic chem is Prof. Khan, and his lectures are conveniently posted online through YouTube.

    Needless to say, my o chem teacher isn't that great in my opinion and I get more confused by her going into much greater detail tangents in the lecture. I'm learning it better on my own.
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