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The Significance of Class Sizes In College

24May

Class sizes can play a significant role in your overall success during college. As a general rule, when you are undertaking your college courses, it is preferential to have a smaller class as opposed to a larger one for multiple reasons.

The Benefits Of Small Class Sizes In College

Studies have shown that smaller classes in education lead to higher scores on assessments. Additionally, students in smaller classes have proven to be several months ahead in their learning compared to their academic peers in larger classes. These statistics prove true across all subjects and here are the reasons why.

One On One Assistance

In larger classes, a teacher’s time is stretched incredibly thin. Statistics have shown that an average Canadian college class contains around 50-60 students in the first two years, before halving in the third and fourth. Just think about how much time a single teacher can realistically spend on each student.

Assuming you have around 50 students in your class and attend each course for 3 hours a week, all of that time and more would be taken up by each student receiving only 5 minutes of one-on-one time. This means you are unlikely to get any personal assistance within class hours.

Even outside of class hours, needing half an hour of your teacher’s time once a month would mean that each week, an educator would spend twice the amount of time helping students as they would giving lectures. With small college class sizes, however, you can get that one-on-one assistance both within class hours and outside of it.

Class Participation/Interaction

The simple fact is that people are more uncomfortable speaking in front of larger crowds. If you have 50 other students staring at you every time you answer a question or offer an opinion, chances are you are less likely to speak up.

In smaller classes, you not only have fewer people watching you but, you’re more likely to build a sense of community with your peers. This leads to more engaged learning, open discussions and debates of opinions which help you to tackle each subject from a variety of angles you may not have thought of.

Timely & Useful Work Feedback

As previously mentioned, larger classes stretch teachers thin. With smaller classes, you are more likely to receive feedback on assignments quicker. Moreover, a teacher is more likely to recognize your work in a smaller group, allowing them to comment not only on the content but comparing it to your previous efforts.

If a piece you’ve submitted is reminiscent of the work you handed in for a previous assignment, or if you’ve made a huge improvement in referencing (for example), teachers with 50 students are much less likely to notice and comment on it, whereas teachers with 10-20 students almost certainly will.

Hands on Learning

With smaller classes, it is much easier to organize field trips or get everyone up and on their feet for a physical demonstration. This hands-on learning approach has been shown to keep students more engaged (especially for things like engineering or healthcare courses), as it is the unique experience that students are more likely to remember.

Small Class Sizes: A Proud Feature Of Citi College

Here at Citi College, we are proud to state that we implement small class sizes to ensure that students get the attention, help, and overall experience that they deserve. We even list it as one of the main reasons to join us, as we know that it helps to make good use of our industry-experienced instructors.

So contact us today and see how our small college class sizes can help you make the most out of your education.

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