I was recently asked this question through an interview and it made me think back to my last three years in medical school because, for us, class attendance was not mandatory. My class along with thousands of other students around the nation have the luxury of having their lectures recorded and posted so that they can watch on their own time. Given that I am pursuing both a doctorate degree and a master’s degree while in medical school, having this luxury I find to be extremely beneficial.
I am able to manage my schedule as I please and it also helps me achieve higher scores on exams given that I am more of an auditory learner. With that said, online lectures and learning at “home” is not for everyone. I know many classmates that benefit from going to class, asking questions, and engaging in the lecture during real time. At the end of the day, everyone learns differently which is why it is important to meet with an advisor or learning specialist at your school to see which category you fall into. Since everyone does learn differently, I think that having the option to go to class is a good way of upholding this finding and allow for individuals to explore whatever option works best for them.
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