Every student wants to be regarded favorably by their professors. This is natural in every relationship and is particularly important in college where a person’s career starts. Faced with new challenges and uncertainties, students need to know how they can avoid creating a negative relationship with their mentors.
College professors are as diverse as they come. They are like any other individual with their favorites, pet peeves and quirks. Some are patient, others act as if they are your worst nightmare until you realize they really are softies inside. Others really ARE your worst nightmare. As a former member of the academe, I can say there are a number of things that can get to even the most saintly of all college professors:
1. Discourtesy. In the academe, the relationship between student and professor is clearly defined. The professors are expected to be the one who facilitates the exchange of knowledge while the students are expected to learn from the exchange. Professors desire to ensure that the environment is conducive for such exchange and the most common way of doing this is by putting order in the classroom. The primary assumption for this requirement is for everybody to observe courtesy and not being rude. Rudeness does not only mean being sassy, or talking back. It also means not paying attention. This can range from not paying attention to instructions, not paying attention to policies or not paying attention to the professor during class hours. Discourtesy also includes being oblivious to the other people in class. In college, this can mean people who come in late and disrupt the class when they do, or students who seem to always forget to turn off their cell phones or put it in silent mode.
2. Name dropping. These are the students who immediately inform their professors, at the start of the term, that their parents are listed in the community Who’s Who. Most professors pride themselves as being highly objective when they rate their students and give them grades. Good grades should be given according to the students’ good performance in class and not because of their good social standing. Most college professors don’t think too highly of students who seem to hold the belief that they can have their way with everything because of their lineage and not because of their effort.
College professors believe that their work help make the world a better place. They take pride in contributing to the advancement of knowledge. While they take into consideration that students have their own way of learning, they are also people who wish to be acknowledged for their effort.