Student 101: Etiquette vital for success

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Punctuality and positive attitude play important roles in classroom manners.

By Nicole Bautista

sac-ranger@alamo.edu 

Students must view the classroom experience as they would an important job that pays a significant salary, student development Professor Jim Lucchelli recommends.

As a result, their education will pay huge dividends in the future.

In that sense, classroom etiquette can boost a student’s profitability with the professor, peers and future employers.

Punctuality and attendance rank high on the list of basic rules of classroom etiquette.

“My philosophy is, if you’re early you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late, and if you’re late, that is unacceptable,” Lucchelli said.

Arriving early can allow time to ask questions and to polish assignments.

Showing up prepared is a critical part of classroom etiquette.

That includes “having completed assignments, as well as developing possible questions to be an active participant in your class,” Lucchelli said. “Learning the material is going to help you relate better to your classmates and your instructor as well as have a positive impact on your grade.”

Students must also make sure they understand the policies of the instructor, Lucchelli said.

He recommends contacting the instructor or looking through the syllabus for answers about attendance or the use of technology in the classroom.

“Multitasking with things such as laptops or tablets negatively impacts your grades and students around you,” Lucchelli said.

Biology sophomore Catherine Ramirez recalled many times when she has been distracted by surrounding students in the classroom.

“Last week, one student must have watched most of the MTV Video Music Awards during our class period,” Ramirez said.

“Aside from that, many students casually check their social media or watch quick videos, that is sometimes distracting.”

To make classroom etiquette easier, time management and plenty of sleep can be key.

“Sometimes students don’t understand how much energy it takes to go to school,” Lucchelli said.

“Guard your health, so you have sufficient energy to allow you to be alert and strong throughout the semester.”

Lucchelli recommends the simplest thing a student can do for self and instructor.

“I would say that a part of classroom etiquette is coming to class with a positive attitude,” he said. “Attitude is key.”

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