Why is it important to be prepared before class starts?

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There are many different reasons why preparation is an essential part of learning. Most universities follow a version of the Carnegie definition of the credit hour which assumes that you will spend 2 hours of out-of-class time doing studying and homework for every hour in class. This means that a typical three-credit course consists of three hours a week in class and six hours of work outside class. Those out of class hours and your class preparation are essential to getting a good grade.

First, you should be prepared for classes in a practical sense. This means getting a good night's sleep and eating a healthy breakfast so that you are alert and can focus. Next, you need to be prepared with whatever materials are needed for the class, such as a copy of the assigned readings, note taking materials, and drafts of written work for peer-editing sessions. If you are...

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