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.
Some people may believe that going to classes should be optional, but I really disagree with them about it. I
Some people may believe that going to classes should be optional, but I really disagree with them about it. I do not understand how a university student can expect to learn much knowledge if he doesn’t attend classes. Although self-study is a good way to acquire knowledge, students, I believe, need to be in class.
In classes students receive the benefit of the teacher’s knowledge. A teacher does more than just go over the material in the class textbooks; she draws her students into discussions which may lead further understanding of the teaching material. She not only teaches acknowledged theories, but also presents opposing opinions that help students digest what they have learned well. Additionally, she may invite guest speakers to give her students extra information, or show some documentary films on certain subject.
Besides teaching knowledge, a teacher impart her students the right method of study. In that way, the students can know how to study efficiently, how to absorb information from proper places, and how to put what they have learned into practice. In other word, if there is no teacher to lead them to the right way, the students may go a roundabout and waste lots of time.
The last reason for attending classes is that going to classes can train students to be more responsible and have good sense of teamwork. In classes, the students may be given some group assignments. To achieve assignments, they may know what is their respective responsibility and how to cooperate with others. Meanwhile, they can learn each other because each student has his strong point, different background and experience.
In short, going to classes makes the students more responsible, teaches them more knowledge, and enlightens them on finding more shortcuts. I assert it is not an option, but a very important means in university education.