Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Getting Known

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.

20 comments:

  1. This is actually a great tip, i always make sure my teachers know me on a first name basis.

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  2. Haha, going to college next year, will keep that in mind ! Going to follow you in case there will be more tips :) I'd like to know !

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  3. Going to college this september, following for tips -im going to need them.

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  4. Follow the 3-5 rule.

    -Sit in the middle 3-5 rows
    -Arrive 3-5 minutes early to class
    -Talk to 3-5 people each day
    -After class, take 3-5 minutes to talk to students or teachers.

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  5. Wish i HAD your kind of advice back when I was about to start highschool.

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  6. thats a good point this can apply to high school too

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  7. this is about 4 years too late, as i am just about to graduate. following anyway to see if i missed anything important :)

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  8. These are some pretty nice tips. I can understand how hard it is to get to know people in class. Been there, done that. Haha

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  9. I always had a problem with teachers in high school, maybe at university it'll get better?

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  10. I try to keep the best relationship with the SI's and TA's since they are usually the ones that grade your paper and sometimes have more power over your grades than the actual professor. So much truth in this post!

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  11. I've heard this one a lot. I should start next spring.. I don't think I'll have classes with 300 - 500 people though, I want to go to a music conservatory.

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  12. this is excellent advice:) +follow

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  13. This is true and an important aspect of higher education.

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  14. True enough for smaller classes, would say it's of no use with classes of above 100.

    What this is useful for is getting academic references for your CV. If you really get to know your tutors/lecturers, they will be in a position to discuss you with potential employers

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  15. i think im known as the cynical kid in class. at least its being recognized haha

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  16. pretty useful. im not recognised at all. just going on hard work

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