Emily Mirengoff, a student at Dartmouth, offers up some advice for incoming freshmen.
Go to class. Stay conscious. It will be enough to distinguish you from most of your classmates, and who knows? It might even be enough to get you straight As.
Check out her article at this link.
Although it has been awhile since I was in university, I have another reason why some students avoid classes or multi-task while in attendance. Namely that many of the instructors are terrible. There is zero value added in attending class.
Too many instructors simply recite from the textbook, are incoherent in their communications, or cannot move from their intellectual and academic level down to a beginner’s comprehension. As a student, there is really little that can be done to get an instructor to properly teach a subject.
Unfortunately, the same thing often happens later in life when you take continuing education. This can make many sessions, for which you pay good money, a waste of time and expense.
Fortunately, by then you will no longer be a student who needs to keep on the professor’s good side in order to pass the course.
When faced with poor instruction, demand more from the institute providing the sessions. Your time and money are precious commodities. Do not settle for mediocrity or worse.
You would not accept finding a rip in new clothes that you bought. Or a warped dvd.
Education is like any other business transaction. Pay good money and you should receive a well-made product.
When you invest in yourself, make sure you get the expected return. If not, demand it.