Attending 80% of your classes isn’t good enough. Attending 90% of your classes isn’t good enough. If this shocks you, good! After meeting with 8,000 students I can tell you for a fact that nothing short of 100% class attendance should be acceptable in your eyes. Besides, why would you pay for something you aren’t going to use? The truth is that professors cover too much material and move too quickly for you to miss any classes. Take charge and attend all of your classes.
Furthermore, if you are an auditory learner, attend a second or third time. What do I mean? Every laptop has a very good microphone on it, so record the lecture. If you want to get even more sophisticated, you can use the MS Word notebook feature which syncs the audio with your note-taking.
You can do the same with an iPad app like Notability will sync the audio with your notes as well. If you want to get even more sophisticated and combine hand-written notes with capturing audio AND making your notes digital, purchase a LiveScribe SmartPen; it syncs your hand-written notes with live audio, and then digitizes your hand-written notes and sticks them into Evernote. (Wow!)
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