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Attending classes

TOEFL Essay Topic 14 - Some people believe that university students should be required to attend classes. Others believe that going to classes should be optional for students. Which point of view do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to explain your answer.

Author: Shin | Date: March 31, 2017 | Score:4.5 | => 5 or 6 Essays, Click Here <=

Attending classes

In Mexico, where I have been living since I was 23 years old, some people think that universities shouldn’t require students to attend classes so that students can get more experience off-campus such as a part-time job. However, I personally believe that all classes in universities should be a requirement for the following reasons.

To begin with, university students are able to learn more efficiently by going to classes. For example, when I was a third year university student at Meiji University which is a private university located in Tokyo, Japan, I enrolled in Professor Yamada’s Spanish classes. On the other hand, I decided not to attend every class. This was because I felt that I was acquainted with the Spanish language as I have lived in Spain for five years. I thought that I could get a high score on the exam without studying much. One day, the professor explained the differences between Spanish in Spain and in Mexico while I was absent. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite familiar about the differences. I spent more than four hours understanding the differences which the professor explained in only thirty minutes. Due to this occurrence, I strongly felt that if I had gone to all the classes, I could have saved my time . As the example shows, attending classes is a good way for students to learn in a short space of time/quickly/efficiently.

In addition to that, if class attendance is required by universities, students can get more chances to interact with a variety of people and expand their horizons. For instance, when I was a freshman, I signed up for music classes which required attendance for every class. At first, I wasn’t interested in the class and didn’t want to attend it since I was an economics major. There were several students who were interested in music. They sometimes taught me about the famous composers such as Beethoven and the historical background of each piece of music after class. It made me interested in listening to classical music and practicing the piano. This example illustrates that mandatory attendance allows students to gain more chances to talk to a variety of students and expand their horizons.

In conclusion, for the reasons that I mentioned above, I definitely agree with the idea that attending class should be mandatory.


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