Six ways to be in the good books of your teacher

One of the most important concerns the students have nowadays is, ‘how to be a good student in the eyes of your teacher.’ Well, a common conception is that being a good student in general and in the eyes of a teacher are two different things. In many cases, this is true. If you want to be in the good books of your teacher, you have to be a little tricky. Yes, I said it is a little tricky but that doesn’t mean you are going to trick your teacher. You just have to do things that are beneficial for you and can make you a good student in the eyes of your teacher. 

Take notes in the class

Notes-taking is not all about sitting in your seat and noting down every word the teacher is explaining. It is a way of telling your teacher that you are all attentive to them and that everything they tell is important for you to understand and write. Again, don’t jot down every word. Just take notes smartly by highlighting major points.

This is human nature. We like talking to the people who we think are attentive to us. If a teacher finds out you are listening to them attentively, they will ultimately like you and find you a good student. Secondly, taking notes is definitely going to benefit you a lot.

Tell your teacher you trust them for all the information 

This again is about understanding the nature of your teacher. If your teacher is the one who likes being agreed with and not challenged, this is what you have to do. Arguing and challenging the information is a healthy way to learning but you do not want to have it at the cost of your CGPA. No offense to teachers but there are many students whose GPA is affected because they do not settle on the information they are being provided. 

Since there is not the only way to learn in your university, you can compromise on your class participation if that is what the teacher requires.

The question only if the teacher likes it

This is about the other category of teachers. There are some teachers who like the inquisitive students. They encourage questions in the classroom and like the students who argue over the logic or the information they are being provided. 

The classes with such teachers are not only the best in terms of learning opportunities but also give you a chance to prove yourself based on your critical thinking and questioning.

Be ahead of time for your presentations and assignments

Every teacher likes to have the assignments and presentations on time. If you are ahead of time and provide your teacher with all of the due work before the deadline, they are definitely going to think of you as an efficient student. 

Moreover, it is going to benefit you in a number of ways. First, you will not be stressed out at the last moments of your deadline. Secondly, you will have time to do it as perfectly as you want. And thirdly, you will develop a habit of doing things before time. 

Be a good manager in the class

Have you seen students who carry the bag of the teacher to their office every time they leave class? Well, you do not have to do that if you do not want to. But yes, being a good manager for the rest of the class tasks does not cost much. Take care of the class arrangement, look if the class has to be shifted to another room, take care of the attendance register and all. These things count as assisting your teacher. So, you are going to be in their good books if you like taking part in class management.

Be Present in your class

Obvious but the most important one. You cannot expect to be liked by your teachers if you have been missing all of their classes. Participating actively in the class means taking all the classes and having a knowledge of what you are studying there. The students who bunk every other class do not only are not liked by teachers but they also give poor performance in their exams. In university, what is going to happen in exams depends a lot on what is being taught in the class because the teacher expects you to attempt a question the way she taught you that subject.

By Ayesha Areej

Ayesha Areej is a staff writer at The Academia Magazine

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