Mark P. Strasser, a professor at Capital University Law School, answers the question “How important is it to participate in class?”
Strasser believes class participation is important in two different ways. First, because many professors give credit for participation, either in the form of a grade or an “individual extra bump,” it is important for students to participate in order to receive a good grade in their classes.
But, in Strasser’s opinion, participation is essential for another reason: It is “the way to work through the material.” If students are actively participating in class, either orally or just by following along, they will better understand the information and how to apply it in different situations.
He stresses, “If participating is the way to be learning it, and for many that’s exactly right, that makes it important, even if you are not getting a separate, additional grade for it.”