Some students prefer to choose smaller classes with fewer students (professors can know each student's name), while others prefer to take bigger classes with lots of students.
Which do you prefer and why?
It is my firm conviction that compared with big classes having lots of students, small classes with fewer students are a far more favorable option.
Reasonsfor this statement abound, the number-one being that small classes better unlock our potential. Conceivably, with fewer students to teach, teachers have more one-on-one time with every one of us, which contributes to their rather comprehensive understanding of our merits as well as hobbies. Only in this case can educators provide useful suggestions for us, like what we should do to translate our interest into our biggest shining point, and lead us to the right track. To illustrate, in my high school, I studied in a 10-student class, where we had a strong relation with teachers. Naturally, my teachers, especially Miss Huang, knew I was interested in English. By offering many relevant materials,she encouraged me to excel in English learning, no matter what major I decided to explore in my college. Bearing her words in mind, I have kept doing so. Such is a case in many individuals’ lives. Conspicuously, to a large extent,studying in small classes is characterized by more opportunities of being specifically guided by teachers, a key factor helping to realize our full potential.
Understandably,some may claim that large classes are replete with chances of honing students’ social skills. This is because they can communicate with classmates from diverse backgrounds. Nevertheless, what we cannot ignore is that the large-class teaching mode does not benefit students’ academic performance. In our day-to-day life, it is not uncommon that teaching in big classes may bring repercussions to some who have difficulty in keeping pace with teachers, perhaps simply because they are not as intelligent as others, in which we cannot fault either teachers or students; instead, the mode in big classes with more students should be blamed on. In other words, if every student is expected to gain as much knowledge as they can, it is more possible to actualize it in smaller classes with fewer students, for teachers can better design the teaching materials and control the teaching speed in class so that every participant can follow them.
Conclusively, from where I stand, small classes with fewer students have advantages over big ones witha large number of students.
Some of my friends prefer smaller classes with only a handful of students. I, however, tend to enroll in bigger classes with many students.
I have experiences of both types of classes. When I attend small-sized classes, I never feel comfortable or secure. This is because none of the few students can evade the lecturer’s questions, and all of us are the easy target, which cannot be missed. It is particularly uncomfortable when the questions are difficult and I can hardly come up with a proper answer, and I certainly do not want to feel embarrassed. Instead, when I enter a large class, I always sit among my classmates and blend in the crowd. Either way, I feel relaxed since the professor may find no particular target when the professor’s eye sweeps the classroom. It thus follows that a large class with many peers is less stressful than a small class in which the lecturer knows each student’s name.
Another reason is that large classes may be more interactive. Although the teacher-student interaction may be undesired, students may intend tointeract with their peers. A large class that has many students meets the need. In a small class, it is likely that a student likes none of the classmates and thereby communicates with no one. Instead, in a large class, there ismuch choice of potential friends. The student can find at least one likeable peer or a few if lucky.
Sometimes, even an eager student may have to be absent orslack off during the class. The large class offers the opportunity, because the student can hide or his or her absence cannot be noticed. By contrast, the student does not the chance if he or she is enrolled in a small-sized class.
As a result, I find large classes preferable. In such classes, I can learn at ease, make friends, and even lay back.