U.S. classroom culture could be difficult to get used to. There may be some differences between the classroom settings and expectations compared to many other countries.
One of the common expectations is student participation. Being able to discuss and critically think with other students and the professor is essential. The dynamic in where the teacher teaches the student and the students just listens has expanded. The classroom has become more social as a result.
In the classroom becoming more social, it is essential for students to speak up. Whether it be in group discussions or discussions with the whole class, it is important to say what you think. The classroom setting is where ideas are spread and taught. This is where students are able to challenge ideas and are able to judge facts and relate it to the material they are learning as well as the outside world.
Another expectation is independent learning. The professor won’t always give the answers or give you all the information. Students have to find the time to review and check class materials outside of the classroom to receive all the necessary information. Class time is to bring the questions and ideas you have learned while learning the material outside. It is often seen like a summary of what the student should be looking at or reviewing. In order for there to be necessary discussions, students have to have read or understood the material beforehand.
The classroom relies heavily on the student’s’ dedication and contribution. It is a cycle that is heavily relied on them with participation and outside learning.