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Getting involved with class discussions can have an impact on your learning experience and on your grade. Learn how to participate in your classes with this post by The Tutoring Center, Auburn CA.

Participating in class discussions and getting involved with the subject can elevate your experience as a student tremendously, as it can make it more enriching, captivating, and enjoyable. Not only that, but class participation is often part of your grade, which means you need to do it. While all of this is true, it's also true that some students have a more challenging time engaging with class discussions. If you're one of them and don't want your academic life to suffer because of it, or even if you just need a little bit of guidance on the matter, the following post will share tips you can follow to be a more active student in the classroom.

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How to Participate in Class

Prepare for Your Classes Effectively

How can you join a conversation when you don't even know what is being discussed. Moreover, if you chime in with a comment or question that isn't related to the subject at hand, you can disrupt the dynamic and get in the way of your classmates' learning experience. This is why you need to prepare for your everyday classes effectively. To contribute to the class discussions, you should do your homework, do the work in the classroom, pay attention to what the teacher is saying, and read the lectures you're assigned. Only then will you be able to add and enrich the conversation in the classroom.

Shake the Nerves Away

Sometimes, students avoid class participation because of a lack of interest in the subject. In other occasions, nerves and negative thoughts are to blame for their avoidance of the activity. If you don't participate because of the latter, you need to learn to shake the nerves away. For one, steer away from a negative mindset: know that you can do it, that you're smart enough, and that just like everyone else, you're allowed to make mistakes. While you're focusing on the positive, try breathing exercises to channel your energy and lower your anxiety.

Be Respectful of Others

One basic rule to keep in mind during class participations and during any interaction you have is that of treating others as you would like to be treated. When talking about class participation, this means being respectful: don't laugh, yell, criticize, or talk over your teacher and/or peers. Instead, raise your hand to signal that you want to contribute, wait for your time to talk, and simply don't interrupt others (whether you're participating or not).

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Pay Attention to Others

An important part of being respectful of others, is listening to what they have to say. After all, you can't join the conversation if you haven't heard what points have already been made. So that the conversation can flow better, and to avoid repeating what your teacher or peers have already said, pay attention when someone else is talking.

Ask and Answer Questions

If you're unsure of how you can integrate yourself into a conversation in the classroom, then you should turn to questions. Asking and/or answering questions is the easiest way to participate as it will help you get your foot in the door. The easiest method of the two, of course, is to ask questions about the subject you're going over. If you're curious about something that was mentioned, if you're confused and need an explanation, or if you would like to delve into hypotheticals, asking a question is the way to go. You never know if someone else was wondering the same thing. If during the conversation, the teacher or a peer asks a question that you know the answer to, raise your hand and answer it. You and everybody else in the classroom will have a richer learning experience through your answer.

Share a Comment

Finally, if you're feeling more confident about your participation, you can simply comment, speak your mind, and share your opinion on the topic at hand. When you do, remember to remain respectful of others and their opinions. Likewise, share your comment with an open mind, so you don't halt the conversation. If you start commenting and discussing a subject, you'll soon see your classmates motivated to do the same.

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