Tips for classroom discussions
How to contribute to the discussion of ideas
At the appropriate time in classroom discussions, don't be afraid to voice your opinion.Assumptions
In class, listen carefully to what your professor or other students say.
Mark or make notes of the points you wish to answer, discuss, or question.
Questions are as valuable as opinions. It is very likely that if you have questions others will too.
Keep your comments to the point and don't hesitate to refer to your notes.
After you have spoken, it is appropriate to ask for feedback if others understand what you have said. If others agree/disagree with you.
Demonstrate openness and dialogue you should score points with your professor!
A sense of competition underlies the informality of American classrooms.
Voicing a well-informed opinion is important to your overall academic evaluation.
Evaluations are made by professors throughout the semester. Final grades are not simply determined by your score on the final exam.
Focus your contribution on your analysis of the topic, your reaction, your opinion, and finally your openness to understand others.