Given a standard classroom, where do you sit?
If you want to impress your instructor, sit in the T-Zone. The first row or two, plus the seats from front to back in the center of the class, are those that your instructor sees most easily and most frequently.
This is the best way to get noticed as a serious student who attends class and pays attention. However, it is also the best way to get noticed for skipping class, texting, or doing anything inappropriate.
Do you want to be noticed?
Your instructor sees hands go up first in the T-Zone, even if those students melting into the walls or in the back of the class are actually faster. Participation counts in most classes, so why not give yourself an advantage?
Instructors also memorize names based on where students usually sit. If they see students in the T-Zone even a few seconds more than the others, your name will be known first. Another advantage.
What if it’s a class in which you feel inadequate? Being seen every class day is one way to show the professor that you are trying to learn. At the end of the semester, effort is one of those intangible factors that could make the difference between a marginal grade being pushed up a few points to the higher grade, and the marginal grade staying exactly where it falls.
Student Success Strategy #11: The T-Zone can give you an advantage. Sit in the zone!