Make every effort to get to class on time so that you will learn the full
hour and have a clear understanding of the subject being taught. Sometimes it
is hard to get out on time, but the hardship is itself a source of great
merit. When a person attends a regular Torah class conscientiously, he finds
that it brings relief from matters which may be weighing heavily on his mind.
Try to come to class refreshed and ready to learn, but even if you are
tired, don’t skip the class. Even if you don’t learn much, you will have the
merit of attending and benefit from the atmosphere of learning.
If, for some reason, you are delayed and can’t get to class on time, don’t
hesitate to walk in late, even if it is a bit embarrassing. The discomfort you
may feel is itself a source of merit, and the little you may learn will be
valued by Hashem as though you had learned much more.
Don’t leave class until the end. If you are forced to leave early, don’t
fail to go because you know that you won’t get to stay the full hour.
If you don’t understand something, ask—even a few times, if necessary. A
person who is embarrassed to ask doesn’t learn.
Don’t ask questions of the Rav until he settles down to teach and until you
settle down to learn. And don’t ask the Rav questions that do not pertain to
the subject of the class.
Students should relate to their teacher with respect and gratitude for the
effort he has made to prepare his classes and teach them.