How a Flipped Classroom Improved My College Experience… And My Grades

I went to a small liberal arts college in Northern Ontario, Canada. In high school, I was a straight A student, and although I probably could have gone to any school I wanted, what I craved was something small where I wouldn’t be just another number.

It was a shock when I arrived to find that my first year classes still had a couple hundred students in them. The lectures were still as boring as my friends at larger school’s described theirs to be. It was difficult to make friends in a silent lecture hall, and not a single professor knew my name personally.

With little accountability, I stopped going to class, and when I did go, I had not prepared. I never did the readings and in some classes I don’t remember even cracking the textbook open. Who would notice if I wasn’t there for class? Who would know if I hadn’t done the readings? Regardless, my grades began to slip, and through my first year and second year I became a B (and sometimes C) student.

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