In a class of 100 to 200 students you may feel like just a number; however, there are some very specific things you can do to stand out from the crowd & touch that “Ahhh, my favorite student!” button in just about any teach. You may aptly call this article “What a Teacher Wants” because in it we’ll jump into the hearts and minds of he who is often seen as the enemy – your professor.

Now, in another life you might have learned how to kiss up to your school teachers. I want to take those seeds, add some Miracle Grow & help you harvest that coveted place in a college professor’s mind, which will be handy for more reasons than one.

First, as you probably have seen, teachers love it when they see kids excited to learn. They take guess from your behavior to help them determine this. Remember, actions speak louder than words, but that doesn’t mean that words don’t do any good. When you read before you go to class, prepare at least 3 good questions that show your teacher you’re interested in learning; and don’t cop out and take any study guide questions that show your teacher you’re not willing to look for the answers yourself. Come up with some of your own questions & always preface a question during or after class with what you already understand about the topic. This shows too that you’re willing to search.

Second, let’s get into some of those actions that speak louder than words. Being a little early & sitting up front shows your teacher that you take your learning seriously. Sitting up front also gives your professor a better look at you during class. For you, it keeps your attention on the lecture instead of on those. It’s a win/win. When you arrive early, pull out your notes from your reading & review them along with any questions you’ve prepared to ask the teacher during that period.

Third, as much as it pains me to say it (seeing as I had a hard time doing it myself) turn your assignments in earlier than expected. Some teachers will give you feedback if you do this, giving you the opportunity to tidy it up before its final due date. This is typically the case for papers, essays & project write-ups.

Fourth, you may not be a note taker, but scribbling down points the professor makes during lecture that help you understand the concept better is a healthy habit & preparation for teacher’s pet step 5.

Fifth, compliment & give positive feedback to a teacher this helps because teachers like to know that they’re making a difference. Begin by smiling and nodding your head when the teacher illuminates you in a helpful way. You may also take a moment after class (not too much, else you be perceived as insincere) occasionally to let them know that a certain method or way they said something really helped you understand the concept more fully.

So there you have it, five insights into a teacher’s mindset. Doing these will enliven both you and the educator. You’ll build a positive relationship with mutual respect which will give your professor a window into your mind &┬áheart & be helpful if you stumble during the semester & need some special attention or considerations.

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