Yeah. Math classes and most hard sciences – keep a solid attendance. What you learn in week 2 is applied in week 3, and on and on.
In my experience, 95% of professors fall in two camps. I call them Blue Book Professors and Scantron Professors.
Blue Book Professors encourage critical thinking and they tend to care more about your creativity and ability to express, so embrace it, and run with it. Don’t get all hung up on learning all the “key terms” – these professors don’t give a shit about this anyways usually, other than they know you can’t walk out of European History since 1945 not knowing what the Cold War was, they care more about how you saw it. These are the fun professor in my opinion but usually harder.
Then there are the Scantron Professors – the easy-way-out fuckers. You know all those bold words in your textbook? Learn them like the back of your hand. Highlight. Make notes. Make cards. Take the test. Get the A. You’ll forget 90% of it next semester. This is just a game of memorization. It’s boring but if you want an A, just memorization will get you there.
You can spot these two types of professors by just reading the syllabus and asking questions about the midterm and final on day one.