It is the first day of class and you saw the class schedules and grading systems of your classes. You see that class participation grade is required for most of your classes. There are a lot of people in your class and you do not know anyone in class, or you only know a few of your classmates. What if you say something wrong or answer something that is not what the professor wants? Don’t worry, I am here to help you gain confident to speak up in class and be happy in class.
Let’s take a look at a few tips for you to overcome the fear of raising your hand and participating in class discussion.
1.Go to class early, make yourself comfortable and make some friends.
This is a great way to make yourself comfortable in the classroom which is going to be helpful when you speak up in class. Since you are breaking the ice and getting to know someone in class, you are likely to be able to raise hand. You will also feel happy in class and will not miss the class because you have someone you can talk to when you come to class. Also, you can ask the person to study together with you for the exam.
2.Pay attention to professor and takes notes on what he is expecting from this class.
This is one of the most important time of the semester. Listen carefully to what the professor wants. Every professor is different in grading and what they look for in a student. Do not use any electronic device in class since it is going to distract the professor from teaching and he or she will remember you as a distraction.
3.If anyone started raising their hands and asking questions, listen to what they asked and if you can, remember their name.
There will always be someone who is extrovert and who wants to ask a lot of questions to the professor. Try to remember that person’s name and listen to what he or she says. You can refer back to him or her while you comment something.
4.Start participate early and constantly.
Either first day or next day, try to raise your hand and ask questions to professor. If you are fear to ask question, give commend or answer the professor’s question. It becomes harder for you to raise your hand if you are waiting for another day and another day. Also, if you start participating during the first week, the professor will notice you more throughout the semester and also you will feel comfortable raising your hand throughout the semester. Otherwise, you might feel award to raise your hand near the end of the semester.
5.Talk to professor after class, and visit office hours
Before you know it, it is the end of the semester. So, it is always good to start talking to the professor after class if you have any questions. Also, you should go visit the office hours. It helps tremendously in getting to know the professor and let the professor know about you as well. Some professors not only care about teaching the students but also care about know the student’s background, career goals and life in general. So, do not afraid to share your background, your interest and your goals with the professor. This way, the professor can not only help you by giving advice but also will feel comfortable when you participate in class discussion.
6.Send some news or some interesting articles to professor’s email.
You will stand out from the crowd if you send some emails to professor about some news or something interesting related to the class. By doing so, you are showing your interest in the class but also showing your passion.