Recitation is a complement to lecture. Whereas lectures are filled with far too many students and far too much material to have ample opportunity for individualized engagement and specific questions, recitation holds smaller numbers of students and is aimed to address anything covered during lecture or individualized studying that is unclear.
Recitation is a safe space in which asking questions for clarification on big ideas, their applications, and specific problems is encouraged.
WHY attend recitation?
Obtain clarification on concepts, facts, and processes gone over during lecture or homework that may be unclear.
Obtain clarification on formulas, applications, and specific problem set areas gone over during lecture or homework that might present confusion.
Test your understanding by attending recitation: help fellow classmates with questions you are able to accurately answer. If your understanding is cloudy, your explanation will reveal any lack of clarity. You can then clarify confusions during this time.
HOW can I optimize my recitations?
Prepare: list questions you have from lectures based off of your notes. Do the same with homework reading and problem set questions.
Communicate: if you have a great deal of questions, email your recitation leader to ask what is feasible to cover, or if you should set up 1:1 time to go over questions apart from recitation.
Participate: engage actively with the material, other classmates, and the recitation leader during recitation. Don’t be afraid to suggest concepts or problems to go over; don't hesitate to answer questions the recitation leader poses.
Follow up: if recitation presents even more confusion for any reason, get in touch with your recitation leader after class or through email to schedule 1:1 time to go over your questions.