Classes at Samford are challenging, but certainly not impossible. Much information is covered each class period, so taking notes is definitely a necessity. Memorization is not the goal of professors, though; understanding the material is. This prompts many teachers to provide relevant and sometimes hilarious examples of the ideas they want to get across. Also, a lot of times students are assigned homework that encourages them to relate subject matter to real life experiences through reading novels or even watching YouTube videos.
The professors obviously have a passion for what they teach, making lectures more interesting for students who desire to learn. All professors are required to have office hours in which students can visit them for extra help, and most are happy to meet with students outside of the classroom. They genuinely care about the academic progress and lives of their students, and smaller class sizes certainly help with this truth. E-mail correspondence ensures that everyone is on the same page with interpreting the syllabi due dates, and simply completing assignments on time and participating in class discussions usually help one's GPA. Furthermore, departments such as math offer free tutoring during certain hours of the day. Many students find that meeting once a week or at least before exams to study and compare notes prepares them for tests much better than studying alone does. Thanks to the endless number of possible study areas, there is rarely, if ever, a problem in finding a quiet place to get together.