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Class Participation Improves Your Grades

by Ron Kurtus (updated 28 February 2022)

Class participation consists of raising your hand to answer questions from the teacher and also being involved in class discussions. It is considered part of the learning process.

How you participate in class is an important factor in the grades you will get. Some teachers specifically grade students on their participation. Other teachers take participation and attitude into account when determining grades.

Sitting toward the front of the class helps your class participation. Asking too many questions can indicate you haven't studied. Participating by making disruptive remarks will most likely reduce your grades.

A benefit of class participation is that it helps you learn and remember the material taught.

Questions you may have include:

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Helps learning process

Teachers will often ask students questions about the subject matter being taught. This is a way to create interaction and help the learning process.

Answering questions from teacher

Sometimes the teacher asks a question in general, and several students raise their hands to answer it. However, it often seems like the same students always have their hands up, wanting to answer the questions. To make sure that others will answer, the teacher may call on students randomly.

Not being ready to answer can create a impression that you have not been listening or don't understand the material. It can also be embarrassing to have to say, "I don't know."

Asking the teacher questions

Asking the teacher for clarification on a subject can also be part of class participation. It also shows your interest in the subject.

However, you must be careful not to ask too many questions. You may be making a pest of yourself. Also, teachers want to find out what you know, not what you don't know.

Sit toward the front

Statistics show that students that sit toward the front of the class usually get higher grades than those who sit in the back.

One reason is that those who select a front seat are often eager to learn and interact with the teacher, while those who prefer the back seats like to hide and perhaps spend their time doodling or texting.

An exception is Andrew B. Since he caused so much trouble in class, Mrs. Croger always made him sit in the front row, so she could keep an eye on him.

Although he didn't like it, sitting up front did seem to help him get better grades.

Another advantage of sitting near the front is that teacher gets to know you and can get a positive impression about you. A teacher may not even recognize a student who sits in the back, if later seen in the halls.

Sitting toward the front helps you see and hear what the teacher says, as well as makes you more visible when you raise your hand to answer a question. This can help at grade time.

Helps you learn

An advantage of class participation is that it helps you learn.

For one thing, it forces you to pay attention to what the teacher is saying. Otherwise, you can get caught daydreaming when the teacher asks you a question.

Also, studies have shown that you remember and understand much more by hearing, seeing, and doing than by simply hearing and seeing the information.

In other words, if you participate in the discussion or answer questions from the teacher, you will learn, remember, and understand the material much better than if you are a passive bystander.


Class participation consists of answering questions from the teacher and in being involved in class discussions. It is part of the learning process. How you participate in class is an important factor in the grades you will get. Also, being involved in the class helps you learn and remember the material taught.

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