Let’s face it: most students start their studies with the rosiest expectations, but these expectations have a very short life. However, even if you have issues with your teacher, there is a way to handle the situation!
The Truth About Student-Teacher Relationships: A Secret Formula!
You’ve got to give schools some credit - there are a lot of good teachers too. So let’s see what chances you have to survive your studies.
|Good Teacher||Bad Teacher|
|Good Student||Great lessons/exciting lectures/fantastic labs and an A+ exam result.||Boring/exhausting/nerve-racking lessons. Get a lucky charm for the exam if you want to score better than a D +|
|Bad Student||You start with a D - and slowly but surely reach a B+||“Who are you?” – “And who are you?” – “Is C + okay?” – “Yeap.” – “Deal.”|
If the above table does not seem too encouraging, don't despair - your chances to get a good mark increase if you follow some of the tips below.
Improving Any Student-Teacher Relationships: Mind Your Manners
Watch your step – that is, your word. Be careful what you say and how you say it, to avoid student-teacher conflicts:
Always be sure to say hello first.
If the teacher loses his/her track of thoughts, guess who is going to take the blame for it.
In the name of the law!
Never hijack lessons – always follow the topic that the teacher sets.
Look at Me
Try sitting somewhere where you can always catch the teacher’s eye.
Student-Teacher Relationships: Psychological Tricks Work Wonders
There are three key rules for winning teachers’ hearts:
Support arguments, avoid conflicts
Teachers love questions. However, they only like it when you ask questions on the topic and not just to show off.
“What you want is what you get”
Teachers are different, and that means you’ll have to find a unique approach for each. It’s simpler than it sounds – just keep in mind what your teachers like and don’t like about students (as a rule, they usually tell it right away).
Pay attention during classes. Seriously
Even if the stuff that the teacher says is teeth-grindingly boring, put on a smart face and don’t talk in class. That’ll pay off.
Student-Teacher Relationships: Thirteen Things You Mustn’t Do
To build positive student-teacher relationships, never:
- Get too emotional over something;
- Try to change the way a teacher thinks;
- Challenge his/her morals;
- Flatter him/her too obviously;
- Try to impress him/her with your extraordinary hairdo/dress;
- Confess that you have fallen in love with him/her;
- Talk in the classroom while the teacher explains something;
- Say “I’m absent!” when (s)he takes attendance;
- Make a mess on your desk;
- Put a mouse in her drawer/a pin on his chair;
- Keep asking a lot of questions (like 50 in a single day);
- Mock his/her manner of talking, walking, etc.;
- Listen to music/chew gum/draw doodles during his/her lessons.
It’s time to end up all your woes. Whenever you feel that your student-teacher relationship goes an undesirable way, make sure that you follow these tips – and all the conflicts will be long-forgotten.