When I look back at classes that I have struggled with, it’s because I didn’t make attending class a priority. Now that I go to class consistently, my grades have improved. Being in class I stay more engaged with the material, and I can ask questions right then if I need help.Honor Morgan, political science major
Going to class matters!
Attendance Matters is an initiative designed to help our students understand the importance of attending class and connect students with academic resources. If we see a pattern developing, we will check on students who are missing too many classes - just to make sure things are going well.
What Huskies Say About Attending Class
"I have benefited from attending classes regularly by making great connections with my classmates and my professors. By knowing my classmates, it has helped me to not feel alone when classes have become hard. By knowing my professors and having a relationship with them, it has allowed me to have several great opportunities that I could never have seen coming."
"The best way to understand your courses is to attend them regularly. A lot of us have tried to skip on classes, and we learn the hard way that attendance is vital to learning successfully. Regular attendance ensures that you don't miss important information on tests, homework and knowledge that isn't in a PowerPoint."
"I could not have imagined finishing my master’s at NIU without regular class attendance and guidance from my professors. Going to class gives you the opportunity to ask questions while you’re thinking them, and to me that matters a lot."
Why is Class Attendance Important?
- You retain more when you listen to your instructor; missing just one day could put you behind.
- Your teacher explains material better than you can learn it yourself.
- There's a direct correlation between going to class and doing well in it.
- Your attendance shows your professor the class is important to you.
- You are paying to be in class.
- If your grade is borderline, your teacher may give you extra points for good attendance.
- If you don't go to class, you might miss a pop quiz.
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