June 24, 2015
Newsflash: Professors are people with feelings!
Conscientious students enjoy benefits such as written recommendations, tutoring, and the occasional bump-up on grades. But is all hope lost for students who didn’t charm their professors since day one? Absolutely not!
Here are some tips that will help you charm your professor over. It’s easy, so long as you’re genuine.
Appear interested in class
It means a lot for professors to see that their students are alert and engaged. Try your best to avoid the temptation to text through class. Show interest in the material. Take notes. Professors like seeing that- and you should be doing that anyway!
Greet the professor
Nothing like good old-fashioned manners to lift spirits. Try it.
You know how professors typically break their lectures into sections, to make room for time for students to ask questions? Make use of that time! Ask relevant questions that demonstrate interest. Even better if you can tie in material that was taught in previous classes.
Offer your own opinions
Let your professor feel like they are really getting through by starting an insightful discussion on the subject matter. It will help add zest to the lecture and perk everyone else up. Don’t do this too often though, as your peers may find it annoying always coming from the same person.