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.
I think attending all the classes should be doubtlessly required for all the university students. This is in classes that
I think attending all the classes should be doubtlessly required for all the university students. This is in classes that one can get himself realy involved in the discussions, which are completely relevent to the subjects covered in the course.
Todays, most of university teachers are complete masters of the subjects that they teach. It seems also that presenting a monolouge is not as effective as getting the students involved in teaching by having an interactive environment in which students can think and present their thoughts without fear or disgrace. So the classes are moving to having flat and interactive conditions. So, I don`t think it would be a good idea to ignore these optimal situations for learning, in favor of loneliness for having better focus on the teaching materials or relative reading.
One other reason I think will remove any doubt on the matter is the overall time spend for attending classes during one semester; as long as I know, each credit of a course is equivalent to one hour of class attendance in a week. So, for a regular 3 credit university course, a registered student is required to spend just three hours in potentially more than 30 hours of official university hours in one week. Is this time realy so much that a student decides to save it for – in the best conditions – self studies? Does this student learn subjects as afficiently when he is studying by himself, as in a live class? What does he do when facing a contradiction or even when a question rises in his mind that hinders his normal progress?
Another benefit of attending the classes is that students have to get themselves with the class by reviewing the subjects covered in each session and ask their probable misunderstandings or questions in the next session. By being with the class, the amount of materials to be studied at the end of the semester for the final exams, which are very common, is reduced and made easy in study.
Considering these normal conditions, I think if a student realy is to study and learn the required subjects, the best way would include attending the official class sessions. But if this is not the case and he need not get the best from his course, he can cram for the final exam just a few hours and hopefuly get a pass mark!