Spend time on RateMyProfessor.com and you’ll find a huge list of complaints from students about their various professors.
Thankfully, I’ve been lucky to have mostly good professors throughout my college experience.
However, there are a few Profs who were lousy.
In fact, I dreaded going to their classes because they didn’t care about teaching – and they obviously didn’t care about us (their students).
Most of the time, I’ve been able to avoid these Profs by dropping them, but sometimes there’s no way around it. Sometimes that course is mandatory – and sometimes that professor is the only one teaching it.
So what do you do?
Well, here are some steps that I’ve taken to help me get through those classes successfully . . .
Ask good questions.
One way to improve your relationship with these professors is by staying active in class. Participate as much as possible and ask good questions.
Read your professor’s journal articles and/or books.
If you want to make an honest effort to befriend one of these professors, you should spend some time skimming through everything they’ve ever published. Through reading their writing, you’ll get a glimpse into what they’re interested in – and will arm you with info on how to write papers they’ll enjoy reading.
Visit them in office hours.
It’s rare for students to visit their Prof during office hours, so you’ll automatically stand out. Plan on making one or two brief visits during your semester. Even one visit will go a long way. You don’t have stay long. Just visit to get clarification on an assignment – or to ask a question about your reading. You’d be surprised how this can really benefit you.
Talk with your professor after class.
Be ready with one question at the end of some of your classes to ask your professor directly. Many students are scared to talk to teachers like this – so you can really make waves with him or her by stepping up and getting clarification on a paper assignment or the lecture.
Email your Prof an article you think they might find interesting.
If you find a website or article you he/she would appreciate, email it to them. They will probably thank you for the email.
What are some of the ways you’ve dealt with a lousy teacher?
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