Tuesday, April 5, 2011
One of the most underrated tools in a students utility belt is recognition. If a teacher recognizes you they are much more likely to be easy on you when grading papers or even do you favors. I have had tests rescheduled because teachers know who I am in class. Getting teachers to know you is not that difficult, even in classes with 300 - 500 students. The first thing you should do is sit in the first 3 or 4 rows of the class. Second, ask at least one question at the end of class, introducing the first few times. Third, go to office hours every now an again. There is nothing more boring about a teachers job than office hours and you showing up is giving them something to do. Most teachers will give you better grades if they know who you are, so stop sitting at the back of class and leaving the moment class is over. One word of warning, while its good to have recognition, not all types of recognition are good. So don't be a class clown, you're not 12.