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5 Benefits of Small Class Sizes

Posted: October 15, 2013


Students often feel like they’re just a number at large universities with big classes. Sometimes, smaller truly is better. Here are 5 benefits to smaller class sizes:

1) Instructors who care

In a small class, you are not just a number. Your instructor will get to know you and your skills, strengths, passions and learning styles. You matter! Isn’t that a great feeling? Instructors in small class settings are more likely to offer individual attention and guidance. They have a lot of information to share and they want to share it with you. They like their jobs and enjoy interacting with their students!

2) Peer Interaction

Did you know that you could learn a lot from that person sitting beside you in the classroom? Your peers today will be your colleague’s tomorrow. Maybe it’s time you started teaching each other. In small class settings, you will get to know the people with whom you’ll be sharing a work environment and a world in the future. Small classes give you the opportunity to speak up and be heard among your peers. Interactions at school can help you build self-confidence and public speaking skills. You will also be able to share your knowledge with your peers. And they’ll be sharing with you. Listen closely; the lessons they teach may be invaluable.

3) Positive Attention

The personalized attention you receive in a small classroom setting allows you to get individual critique, focus and feedback. Because your instructors are not trying to evaluate the work of hundreds of students, they can more effectively judge how you’re doing and communicate it directly to you. You’re not lost in the shuffle –and neither is your good work.

4) Varied Assignment Opportunities

In some classrooms, students are judged on a few widely spaced exams –and that’s it. Small classes often give you the chance to demonstrate your knowledge in ways that best fit your learning style. Group work and projects are common. In a small setting, you’re more likely to be judged by your hands-on skills, interactive abilities and willingness to put a good effort into your work.

5) Creativity

In smaller class settings, your teacher is more likely to measure the class, understand the learning styles of the students and think outside the box with regard to lessons and classroom time. Creative instructors like teaching to all kinds of learners, including you!

The Career Quest Learning Center staff prides itself on giving students the attention and opportunities they deserve. One way we do this is by limiting our class sizes to offer students individualized attention and instruction. We’re as serious about your career training as you are. Whether you’re looking to change careers or simply step up your game from where you are now, we can help. Contact a Career Quest Learning Center representative now for more information.