train yourself(and myself ESPECIALLY) to be a good listener, not only in class but also socially and,later,professionally. socially, if you are a good listener yu can influence others. this may sound surprising as it is a common belief that a good speaker can influence others,but one seldom thinks the same of a listener. however,a good speaker who does not listen is a poor communicator-people get fed up when they find the other person not listening to them. imagine yourself speaking to someone and that person is not listening-wont you get annoyed?
psychotherapists listen to their patients :
it is a professional skill in therapy. even if you do not agree with a person's views,when that person notices that you are listening, he or she will form a better impression of you.
speak well and listen well,and you are actually a good communicator. if you can't speak well,at least be a good listener,and socially you are likely to be a success. listening well also helps you to improve speaking.