Studies have shown time and again that there’s a direct correlation between student attendance and student success. If you want to succeed in a program, you need to be fully vested in it –and that starts with attendance. You simply cannot learn if you’re not there. There are other reasons, however, that you might want to think before you sleep in or otherwise blow off your next class. Money You’re paying for the program! Every time you don’t show up, you’re giving your school a free donation. Even if you love school, you’ll probably feel a whole lot better when you’re actually getting something for your money –like the training for which you signed up. Do the math! Every cut class is money out of your pocket. Knowledge You miss a class, you miss a lesson. But you can also miss out on a whole lot more, like guidance from your instructor and valuable peer interactions. Also, since all learning is cumulative, even one missed class can be a chink at the very foundation of your training. While you can certainly repair the damage of a single skip, poor attendance can a leave gaping hole is your knowledge base. Respect You’ve probably heard that you need to give respect to get it –that holds true in the classroom and labs just as it does in the real world. If you want your instructors to respect you, you need to respect them and what they do. Not showing up for their classes says to them that you don’t truly care about them, the material they’re covering or your training. If you’re not going to take your program seriously, why should they? Networks As an active, attendant and engaged member of the classroom, you not only demonstrating your hands-on abilities, you are giving your instructors and peers a preview of the kind of worker you’ll be. Networking starts right now! The people you meet at school and on externships may soon be the people looking to hire. Positive Spin/Negative Spiral Your good attendance record can be a great platform on which to build your career. A good attitude—starting with good attendance—can be a sign of good things to come. On the other hand, one missed class can lead to more and set you off in a direction you do not want to go. At Porter and Chester Institute, we take your future as seriously as you do. That’s why we consider attendance an important part of all our programs. If you’re ready for serious career training from an institution that will notice when you’re not there, check out the programs at our nine locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
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