Some students prefer classes with open discussions between the professor and students and almost no lectures. Other students prefer classes with lectures and almost no discussions. Which do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Classes are one of the most fundamental parts of the educational system. In these classes, students learn concepts and techniques that will serve them later in life. While many students prefer lecture-based classes, I think that communication is the key to learn new things. Therefore, I prefer discussion-based classes more. First, classes with open discussion enhance memory retention. After finishing classes, students usually reflect on the things they learned by repeating the key points they have captured during the classes. It is a lot easier to recall a point that has been discussed rather than a point that has been lectured only. For example, last year, I had a lecture in physics about light dispersion. In the first part of the class, the professor asked us to cut some paper sheets and write all the facts we knew about the light spectrum. After several minutes, he collected all the sheets, and we collectively discussed which of the facts were true and which not. Consequently, when I had to study for the exam, the topic of light dispersion was very vivid to me, so I had to spent very little time studying it. If we had not elaborated on the lecture through the discussions, I would have studied the lecture based on my old habit, which was reading and capturing all the information of the reading, and that was more time-consuming. As you can see, discussion-based classes are more beneficial for students. Secondly, discussion-based classes make students feel more comfortable. Open discussions encourage students to ask questions and freely express their opinions without the fear of being judged. My friend, Anna, is a compelling example. She is a bright young girl, yet she is timid. In our university, most of the classes are lecture-based. I had noticed that Anna would never interact with other students or the professor, and most of the time, she looked gloomy. Fortunately, in our history class, we had an open discussion regarding the rapid extinction of bronze age cultures. The professor made an introductory explanation, and then we started pointing out the factors we thought might have driven those ancient cultures into extinction. Some were plausible; some were not. Nevertheless, most importantly, that day, I saw a different Anna. She was very communicative and asked a ton of questions. She even looked happier to me. This experience taught me that having discussion-based classes affects students positively. In sum, discussion-based classes are more favorable than lecture-based classes. These classes help students remember their lectures better and make them feel more comfortable around their classmates and professors. This is why every school and university should support discussion-based classes.
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