Do you have to get on a teacher’s good side to get a good grade?

In grades, teachers on September 17, 2008 at 3:21 am
Photo by Filipe Ferreire (thank you!)

Photo by Filipe Ferreire (thank you!)

The Student’s Blog recently posted ways to start off on the right foot with your new professors this fall. Check it out:

7 Ways to Get on your Professor’s Good Side from Day One

As an instructor, I think most of these  suggestions will help you do better in class — but not necessarily because they’ll make your teachers like you more. A teacher who grades you on how much she likes you is not a fair teacher, and teachers who are professional will use criteria and grading practices that are as objective as possible. For example, when grading writing, I often read papers and decide on a grade without looking at a student’s name, to help insure that I’m grading not on past success or personality, but on the paper that’s in front of me. I don’t have any studies to back it up, but many instructors I know have similar practices to ensure that their grading is based on the work, not the personalities of students.

Still, these 7 strategies are great! The reason I think many of these suggestions work so well is that they help communicate your needs to your instructor. Also, many suggestions (like coming to class and participating) help keep you involved and active in the class, which makes it easier to remember what’s happening and retain information.

Try them this fall as you head back to class, and see how they work?


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