What's the real cost of skipping class?
All those students who regularly struggle with the consequences of skipping class can now rest easy. There’s an online calculator that can help you decide whether ditching is really going to make much of a difference.
To use it, all you have to do is provide answers to 10 questions, including the length of your term, how many days you’ve already skipped, quiz frequency, and your current grade in the class.
The calculator then spits out a verdict based on what the site calls a “surefire mathematical formula.”
It also reminds you of just how much school you’ve skipped this semester – and perhaps the fact that you have a test or quiz in a few days.
Instead of looking for an out, why not think through the consequences of not showing up, suggests the College Scholarships blog. Namely that:
Your professor is watching you – Even if your professor doesn’t know your name, he or she could be keeping track of attendance without you knowing it.
Your classmates are judging you –Your classmates could take offense since it seems that you don’t value your education as much as they do.
It can hurt your grades – Your lecture notes will not only help you study for your future exam, they could also inspire you to come up with an idea for your next essay. But most importantly, you could miss some important information like what questions to expect on your next quiz, or a rescheduled deadline or even a pop quiz.
It can hamper your career – Employers don’t like skippers either. The information provided to you during your classes will come in handy once you hit the workforce and could set you apart from other professionals in the industry.
Is this tool legit? Would you use it? Did cutting class in the past cost you much in the long run?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money
Posted by: Me | Oct 19, 2021 3:02:57 PM
If parents pay for the education and the student keeps skipping, what's the point of parents paying. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to attend classes. Isn't that why they registered for the course?
Posted by: Lisa | Oct 19, 2021 5:00:04 PM
Yes, cutting classes costs you. You not only lose out on your marks. You weren't in class, so you don't get the information. Therefore, are you learning in class? Of course not. If you are one of these people, you are fooling around, killing time until you decide what you want to do with your life. The big problem is, it's either costing your parents OR the "sytem" (govt). Either way that is alot of money to waste.
As for "me" saying it's ultiimately the students' decision. Well, no it shouldn't be. These students are young still, and they are not thinking about their future debt. There are those students whose parents' pay. (Money is NOT on this person's mind.) There are also the students who get OSAP. Trust me. I've seen enough of these students partying their money away, somehow "forgetting" that they will have to pay this money back eventually. So, both ways, students are wasting alot of money.
Does it really cost in the end?? Yes, it does. If it's not just the mountain of debt that should make you think before entering college/university...then it should be the fact that you still don't have a job at the end of it all, in most cases. That's a huge mistake, if you make it. Think twice before college/university.
Posted by: Dr. Dave | Oct 19, 2021 9:23:18 PM
I currently teach statistics, management and sometimes academic writing in a small university in China. The classes are small, having about 35 to 40 students. Like my fellow instructors, my goal is to attempt to make my subjects come alive, something textbooks have a hard time doing. I try to do so by supplementing the text with examples or personal experiences (I worked in business) and thus encourage debate and interaction, again something that is impossible to do when reading a textbook. So when students skip a class they skip the experience of give and take, of learning by doing.
Perhaps the class sizes are too large in North American universities to use the same approach. However, missing out on the tutorials associated with the class is the same as skipping class. Those who skip lose more than money they lose experience that can never again be gained at such a low cost.