I’d like less for my money, please!
That’s what professors hear when you ask whether you’ll get out early from class.
That’s what professors hear when you are gathering up your papers and books and shoving them into your backpacks before the end of class.
That’s what professors hear when you start having conversations near the end of class rather than paying attention until the end.
Thank about it. Where else would you want to get less than the most you can get for the same price? Education is not like a bag of potato chips, where if you get the big size instead of single servings, some might get stale before you get to them (don’t try this in my house!).
You are paying for 50 minutes (or whatever length of time your class runs) of your professor’s prime time. Not just off-the-cuff and casual meeting time, but prepared time in which to guide your intellectual growth. Do you really want to cheat yourself out of a few minutes each class?
Think about the math: Five minutes of wasted time in each class for a semester, figuring 30 class periods if you meet twice a week, is like giving up THREE full classes. You are losing 10% of value in that class.
If you went to a fast food place and they said they’d only give you 90% of the food you bought, you wouldn’t be happy about that. Or if you got a carton of eggs and in each carton, one or two eggs were broken and unusable, you wouldn’t be happy about that.
So why are students thrilled when they get out of class early, and why do they encourage the professor to end the class before it must end?
Student Success Strategy #65: Get your money’s worth. Show your professor that you want the full benefit of your educational opportunities.