5 Clear Reasons to Choose a College with Small Class Sizes

5 Clear Reasons to Choose a College with Small Class Sizes

17 October 2019 By Kate

Small College Class Size with Nursing Students

Are you ready to enroll in college, but not sure how you will fit in with a massive campus and an overwhelming number of students? Whether you are a first-time college student or headed back to enhance your skills after a break, there are benefits to smaller class sizes that simply cannot be ignored. 

Being one of the hundreds of students can be simply overwhelming, especially if you are already feeling a bit anxious about your chances for success. From the personalized attention of teachers to more opportunities for productive discussions, here are a few advantages to choosing a college with small class sizes.

Ready to Get Noticed?

There’s no slumping in the back and hoping to “get by” with smaller class sizes. Teachers are more likely to take the time to get to know you personally and provide you with the support and additional tidbits of information that make learning not only beneficial — but fun, too! 

Whether you’re an expert in the subject or enjoying your first foray into a particular topic, the active listening you’ll need to practice in smaller class sizes will help ensure that the information soaks in and becomes a part of your knowledge base.

Sparking Great Conversation

When you’re in a class with hundreds of other people, it can be challenging to have a good, rousing conversation. Discussing new topics is one of the best ways to get more out of the class, and active discussion is one of the key advantages of small class sizes. 

Research has shown that your results will be better when you have smaller classes and you have an opportunity to express your opinions while learning how others perceive the same topic. These great conversations may start in the classroom, but they can continue once the class is over and even spill over into your everyday life and change the way that you perceive the world.

Allow Teachers Space to Assess the Learning

One of the negative effects of large class sizes is that teachers may find it difficult to assess the level of learning that’s happening in their classrooms. They’re likely only able to interact with the first few rows of their classroom unless they are extremely diligent, which can limit their view of how the information is being received. With smaller classes and fewer distractions, teachers find that they can spontaneously interact with students and provide the insight needed on topics in a timely manner.

Opportunities for One-on-One Interaction

Anytime you are one of a crowd of students, individual interaction with teachers and other students can be a challenge. When your class sizes are more moderate, there’s an increased possibility that teachers are able to provide students opportunities for co-learning and interacting with other students during class time. This can be invaluable to learning new topics, especially when it can be done in a targeted way that doesn’t waste valuable class time with getting organized and pulling teams back in focus.

Getting Answers to Your Burning Questions

It’s not likely that teachers would be able to take open questions during class time in larger groups, but the smaller setting allows students to get answers to questions as they need them. This type of real-time engagement benefits not only the single student but all of the students that hear the response. 

It can also help cue a teacher to go deeper into a particular subject or when it might make sense to branch the learning in a separate session. It’s often difficult to focus if you’re stuck on a particular question, so this allows you to ask your question, receive a response and then be able to actively engage in listening through the remainder of the class session.

Learning More About Instructors

Many times, instructors have gained their knowledge not only through traditional learning in classrooms, but also through life experiences. The opportunity to connect with instructors on a personal basis could lead to learning more about potential careers, making a great contact for networking in the future and much more. With a larger class size, it would be difficult for instructors to find the time for this type of valuable personal interaction.

Want to see how smaller class sizes will make a difference in your college education? 

At Pioneer Pacific College we prioritize small class sizes to ensure you get the best learning experience possible. For more than 20 years, we’ve been providing a high-quality education for students and ongoing career placement and other support for graduates of our programs. Learn more about our degree programs in healthcare, management, and paralegal studies to get you started on the right path toward your future career.  You can also contact us at 866-772-4636 or request a tour online.

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