Class participation for introverts
February 6, 2014 1:52 PM Subscribe
How can I save my class participation grade?
posted by ella_minnow to Education (19 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I am a complete, textbook introvert. I’ve read my Susan Cain and am mostly okay with this (feature, not bug, etc). In the places where introversion can be problematic in my daily life, I think I’ve figured out good workarounds – planning ahead more than most for meetings at work (so I’ll be sure to participate more), doing a fair amount of email followup with colleagues, etc.
...But now, I just started a doctoral program, and am back in a classroom for the first time in 13 years. And already I know that the level of class participation that is expected of me is going to be a problem if I don’t figure out a way to deal with it. I’m always listening and interested in the discussion, but I think it just takes me a lot longer than other people to formulate ideas, and I end up coming up with a contribution far after the appropriate moment has passed (like, on the way home, for example). So in class I look totally disengaged and uninterested and that’s not the case at all. I can’t be the only person for whom class participation is an ongoing challenge. Fellow introverts, any specific advice/examples of how you’ve dealt with this?