Getting involved in class isn’t easy, but it is essential when your marks come from participation. It can be difficult to speak your mind in a room full of peers, with all eyes on you. Blankness seems to cross my mind when put on the spot, and actually having to contribute something intelligent proves to be difficult. Discussion’s can be fun, and they can be equally rewarding when it comes to learning the content as well. So how can you rock your discussion class? Here are 5 great tips to get you ready.
#1. Read the material before the class
Be able to contribute valuable information. You will be 10x more likely to voice your opinion when you actually understand the material! You don’t have to be an expert by any means, but make sure you know what your going to be discussing in the class. Most professors provide material to be read prior to the class to help get you ready. Use this as a starting point to get the most out of any class as well. Here are my 8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Every Lecture
#2. Look up current research, findings, videos, etc.
Get a different perspective and take the information you’ve learned and apply it. Broadening your understanding through current research is a great way to have some more points and insight to apply to your discussion. Your professors will appreciate you going above and beyond. Also, they’ll enjoy the prospect of the discussion becoming broader and more interesting. A great resource are to check out some TED Talks
#3. Prepare some questions and answers to concepts
Have a running list of questions when reading the textbook and researching! Take this list to class so you can start points of conversation and your mind doesn’t go blank on the spot. As well, try developing some interesting points and answers to concepts relative to the material being discussed. Then, when a classmate or your professor asks a question you have the opportunity to shine! Show how intelligent and prepared you are, you deserve it after all your hard work!
#4. Make a friend in the class
Have someone you know in the class, it will make you feel more comfortable. Having someone there that isn’t a stranger is beneficial in more ways than one. First of all, you guys can discuss the material before the class to really get a conversation started. As well, having someone there to help you out if you feel stuck is a great way to open up and get involved.
#5. Relax and participate
Being prepared and doing the work is the first step, the next is to actually participate in the discussion. Believe in yourself and know that you are fully ready to answer anything that comes your way. It’s an important part of your grade so diving in to the first discussion is a great way to start. Everyone is in the same boat as you, being ready is the best way to relax and get participating!
What do you recommend for acing a discussion class? Are there any tips and tricks that you’ve learned? Comment below and help your fellow students out!
Thanks for reading,