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Why a quiet tutorial is the best bet for students

Brad Kemper '21, Staff Writer

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I think that having a quiet tutorial is academically beneficial and a person is more inclined to work efficiently with a quiet room. I don’t have that much of experience with a tutorial class, as I didn’t take one freshman year. But I did this year, and I have deduced that, for me at least, the quieter the room is, the better I work.

Some people say that people work better while listening to classical music, but a study at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, United Kingdom disagrees with that idea and found that students were able to study more efficiently in quiet environments than in environments with the music playing.

Personally for my case, I have problems concentrating at times, and I find that I really do need silence in the room for me to be at my best learning potential. Whenever it is loud in a room it’s easy to get confused and not understand what you are working on, which could have academic implications.

I don’t mean that talking in the classroom means a worse grade for the entire class, but because you have all that time to study, if you aren’t using at least a small part of that class that you took to advance your academic performance, you could call that a wasted hour of the school day.

I don’t know what the case is for other students, but for my own case, I can sometimes find the quiet nice in a classroom. Being used to a teacher lecture you for 40 minutes can get annoying, as well as the constant chattering that ensues whenever there is any type of freetime or group work in a classroom. I find the silence in my tutorial therapeutic.

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