According to the comprehensive rubric, assessment of participation is based on varied criteria. An excellent student satisfies all of them. Do you:
- read the assignments fully with attention to detail?
- bring questions, insights, or connections related to current events?
- punctually attend most all classes with only one or two unexcused absences?
- make at least one excellent contribution (e.g., question, insight, or connection) to each class without monopolizing discussion? (See Balance in Discussion.)
- give active nonverbal and verbal feedback?
- refer to other students by name and react to their contributions?
- fully engage in group exercises?
- follow up on open questions and share your findings with the class?
Participation is one of the most subjective activities to assess. Hence, you should ask yourself: am I consistently making a positive contribution and impression on the instructor and other students? I do consider if your peers recognize you as an (a) insightful contributor or (b) someone that seems unprepared or monopolizing in discussions.