Many students might
ask: “Why take honors classes?” On the surface,
the reason for their question is quite easy to see. Many students
believe that an honors class would fulfill the same requirement
as a non-honors one and just be harder, so why do the extra
work for nothing? As a student who has taken both honors and
non-honors courses, I declare that this belief is a myth.
Honors classes have been some of the most rewarding ones I
have had the opportunity to take at Purdue, and I wouldn’t
trade them for anything in the world.
An important benefit of honors classes is that they are small.
If crowds of people just aren’t your thing, taking honors
classes may definitely be the way to go. Also, your fellow
students will be those who want to be in class and those who
want to learn, and not students who are just in the course
to fulfill a requirement. For this reason, honors classes
are often easier than other courses in terms of workload.
This may be surprising at first, but if a professor doesn’t
have to assign homework or quizzes every lecture in order
to get people to show up, it is easier on both him and you.
I guarantee that you will be able to learn more if you can
spend your time focusing on learning and not worrying about
Finally, honors classes teach understanding. They definitely
aren’t the sort where you can memorize formulas or facts
to pass an exam and then forget about everything afterwards.
Instead, you must learn to understand what is presented in
the course in order to do well. However, it is not as if this
burden is just thrown upon you. Professors take the time to
explain things in more depth, and because the classes are
smaller, it is often easy to ask a question to clarify something
that you don’t yet understand, whether it be in class
or outside of it. Did I mention that the professors who teach
these courses are very approachable? Even if you haven’t
taken an honors course before in your life, that doesn’t
mean that they aren’t the perfect thing for you. Take
it from me; try one and see.