Why Attend Lectures?

BMH, Durban lecturer, Julia Sutherland, has provided us with eight excellent reasons why you should attend lectures.

2509265803_fd5fe56b33It’s a new year and a good time to work on kicking bad habits and introducing new ones. For many students the temptation to skip lectures is huge and can end up snowballing into an irreversible problem after too many have been missed.

Think of it this way: if lectures weren’t necessary, they wouldn’t be offered. Need more convincing? Here are another eight good reasons why you should be attending lectures:

  1. Someone is paying a lot of money for you to be here, whether you are paying for yourself, or if your parents are paying for you, or even if you are on a bursary; someone is making sacrifices for your education. If you don’t attend class, you are throwing away money. Jonas (2006) advises students to “make the most of [their] investment by attending class.”
  2. If you miss a class, you will always miss something, even if you get notes from a friend.
  3. Lectures are where the assessment answers are, how else are you going to get them? You will also find out what you don’t have to study from the textbook, which will save you time later.
  4. I know a lot of us are commitment-phobes, but as an adult it is important to show commitment to something. If you sign up for a course you are promising to be there for every lecture – this is how resources (such as lecture room size) are allocated.
  5. Did you know that according to a study done at Harvard University (2010) only 6.7% of the world have a college education? So many people would give anything to be in your shoes, so don’t squander the opportunity.
  6. Many studies (Aden, Yahye & Dahir, 2013; Narula & Nagar, 2013; Cheung, 2009; LeBlan, 2005) have shown that class attendance and student success rates are positively correlated. In other words, students who attend lectures are more likely to succeed.
  7. Generally if you attend class (and focus while you are there), the time you will need later to study is decreased.
  8. Finally, your lecturers spend so much time and effort on creating class material that is educational, interesting and most importantly contains information that you need to pass (or rather ace) the course. It is the job of a lecturer to help those who want to learn, so make sure you fall into that category and you will get all the help that you need.



LeBlanc, H.P. (2005) The Relationship Between Attendance and Grades in the College Classroom. Proceedings from the 17th annual Meeting of the International Academy of Business Disciplines. Pittsburgh

Cheung, J.C.K. (2009) Class Attendance and Performance, Which Comes First? Proceedings from the 20th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference. University of Adelaide

Narula, M., Nagar, P. (2013) Relationship Between Students’ Performance and Class Attendance in a Programming Language Subject in a Computer Course. International Journal of Computer Science and Mobile Computing. Vol. 2, Issue 8. Pg. 206 – 210

Aden, A.A., Yahye, Z.A., Dahir, A.M. (2013) The Effect of Students’ Attendance on Academic Performance: A Case Study at Simad University Mogadishu. Academic Research International. Vol. 4, Issue 6. Pg. 409 – 417

Jonas, C. (2006) 6 Great Reasons to Go to Class. Accessed from <http://collegelifesite.com/6_Great_Reasons_To_Go_To_Class.htm&gt; Access Date [17/08/2015]

Huffington Post (2015) 6.7% of the World Has College Degree. Accessed from <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/19/percent-of-world-with-col_n_581807.html&gt; Access Date [17/08/2015]