You can be certain that you will miss a class at some point in your academic career regardless of how good a student you are, how detail-oriented, hard working, or diligent. And likely many more than one. To hang overs and a desire to sleep in, there are many reasons for missing classes, ranging from illness, emergencies, and bereavement. Why you missed class matters - to you. Your absence signals that you need to take a closer look at your obligations and priorities in case it was for irresponsible reasons. What do you do after missing class? Do you just show up at the next class and start fresh? What about material that you've missed? Do you talk to professors? Here are 7 things that you can do when you're absent (before and afterwards). UUnderstand that some faculty, especially graduate faculty, take offense at absences for any reason. Period. They might be a bit more warm to students who were gravely ill, but don't count on it. And don't take it personally. Some faculty don't want a reason for your absence at the same time. Try to determine where your prof stands and let that guide your behavior.

What to do when you miss class

 Be aware of attendance, late work, and make-up policies. This information should be listed in your course syllabus. Some faculty do not accept late work or offer make-up exams, regardless of the reason. Others offer opportunities to make up for lost work, but have very strict policies about when they will accept make-up work. Read the syllabus to ensure that you don't miss any opportunities. Ideally, email your professor before class. Try to send an email to inform the professor that you cannot attend class and, if you wish, provide an excuse in case you're ill or have an emergency. Be professional - offer a concise explanation without going into personal details. Ask whether you may stop during office hours by his or her office.  Hand in assignments beforehand, by email (and offer to hand in a hard copy when you're back on campus, but an emailed assignment shows that it's completed on time) in case possible. If you cannot email before class, do so afterwards. Never ask if you "missed anything important." Most faculty feel that class time itself is important. This is a surefire way to make a professor's eyes roll (maybe inwardly, at least!) Do not ask the professor to "go over what you missed." The professor lectured and discussed the material in class and likely will not do it for you now.  Demonstrate that you care and are willing to try by reading the course material and handouts, and then ask questions and seek instead for the material that you don't understand. This is a more productive use of your (and the professor's) time. It also demonstrates initiative.  Be sure to read more than one students' notes because students have different perspectives and might miss some points.