I wass just wondering what would happen If I wouldn't be able to attend to some lectures? I am currently working and I can not afford loosing my job however I want to study so bad but the courses I want to take are just full time. So could I get in trouble for missing some lectures?
I'm pretty lazy, I find the lectures and seminars to be pretty dull, albeit I do learn a lot in my seminars and they're assessed so I do attend them. However for a module last year I missed all but one seminar and still ended up with 65 for the module.
Didn't miss anything from not attending most of my lectures, all they do is read from power points and you can get the same, if not more, value from reading the PowerPoint yourself with a textbook.
I don't give a toss if other students choose to skip lectures, however don't come and ask me for my notes every time you skip out on a lecture because you're too hungover/too tired/too lazy. I don't mind helping people out if they have genuine reasons for missing lectures, but I'm not there to do the work for other people. Unfortunately, some people seem to expect you to want to share it with everyone else if they know you put a lot of work in, that's not how it works though.
I attended very few lectures or seminars.
It is simple really. Majority of my lecturers were really boring, and I could go over the lecture topic better through the course readings. There were a few interesting lecturers, where I would always attend their lectures, but for the most part very few of them knew how to make a topic engaging or how to teach properly. Why get out of bed at 8am to attend a boring lecture, with a lecturer I can barely understand, when I can go through the course readings and come away with a better knowledge of the topic? It usually became clear after 3 lectures whether or not they were worth attending.
As for seminars, I considered them tedious. The tutors were either lacklustre, or total raving lunatics. Discussing a topic with a bunch of people who haven't bothered to do the reading, or hold extremely unjustifiable views isn't my idea of a productive endeavour. I'm doing a course where seminar participation counts for 0% of my course, so why waste my time doing pointless group projects with people who never pull their weight? It was a waste of my time, I could having doing research for my upcoming essay instead of wasting my time on things such as group projects. That said I did have two very good seminar tutors, both senior professors, who knew how to make seminars engaging and facilitated meaningful discussion. But for the most part seminar tutors were uninterested post-graduates.
So there you go. I didn't miss them because of a 'too cool for school' attitude, rather because I realised early on that a lot of it was a waste of my time.
I'm curious as to whether any universities take action against this sort of non-attendance behavior? I think if I recall correctly one of my lecturers said they have the right to fail you for the module if they feel you didn't attend enough.
I totally get where you're coming from in a lot of cases. I did have a friend who would very rarely turn up and was re-taking their first year but still never put in any effort.
However from my experience I've had a lecturer that rushed through the sessions (a two hour session would always just be one hour, every single week) and I quite literally learnt everything for the exam from Youtube tutorials, because he wasn't a particularly good teacher either.
I do commute as well so particularly if I had only one lecture I wouldn't see the point. My current uni is quite strict about attendance so I'll probably be attending all the time anyway, though I think you should still have the choice.
It can certainly be laziness but that doesn't mean that some of these people aren't putting twice as much effort in at home.
My university has a 100% attendance policy and is apparently enforcing it a lot more this year.
They are idiots but it is their choice. Some are annoying and will do well. Some will fail miserably and deserve everything they get.