Class meetings are the foundation on which you’ll build your understanding of course materials, so don’t skip classes! Some students think they are “making time” for other activities by skipping classes, but they don’t realize that they’ll spend twice as much time catching up on what they missed, if they can catch up at all! If you feel that you never have enough time to do everything you want, check out our strategies for managing your time.
If you must miss a class due to extenuating circumstances, communicate with your professor immediately, preferably before the class meeting. When you talk with your professor about your upcoming absence, don’t ask, “Will I miss anything?” Of course you will! Instead, ask “What will I be missing, and what would you suggest I do to make up the assignments and information I’ll miss?”