Quite often than not, students assume that professors will give sympathy grades, for putting in half, if not all the effort on a paper. As a professor, I mark hundreds of papers every day and therefore have little time for mediocre work. If you choose not to study for your test, or carry out enough research when writing a paper, remember that you will receive grades that befit your effort. This means that poor work marred with grammatical errors and utter ignorance of academic rules will get you mediocre grades. It is your responsibility to work for the grades you want.
It is easy to assume that I do not like you or enjoy punishing students, but the reality is that I hate poor work just as you do. Take time to invest in your work, ask the right questions and your grades will be better. More importantly, the grades I chose to plaster at the top of your paper, will appear on your transcript, not mine.
While it is true that a professional relationship should always be maintained between students and professors, it is also okay to befriend us. Communication has and continues to be a crucial part of every successful relationship. We want students who are curious enough to ask for consultations after class, and also seek advice. Even if it is not apparent, we also care about your future.
After college, you will be in need of recommendations from us, and even networking opportunities. As a human being, I will assist you more if I am your friend. Creating a rapport will go a long way in improving the kind of recommendation letter I write. It will also give me the initiative to get you connected, introduce you to the right people, and provide the best advice I can offer.
Unfortunately, the college grading system rewards the final output, but not the process. This means that students who demonstrate high-quality character may be termed as poor academically if they are not top performers.
However, remember that being successful in your career later on in life is mostly dependent on your character than the grades we see on paper. While a student with the highest score may easily land an interview, the personality, interests, and dedication to the job will keep them employed.
Remember that even as you concentrate on your grades, molding yourself into a holistic being is equally important. Discipline, excellent communication and offering quality work will straighten out a successful career path for you.
Some students think that avoiding their professors, avoiding eye contact, or even talking to the professors, in general, will make them seem humble. They may also feel that preventing a direct relationship with their professors will reduce the burden of performing.
The truth is that I would love to help you, despite the grades that you get, to turn you into a better person in the future. Engaging me in a conversation will open up thoughts, techniques, and networks you would never have gathered alone.
It is not uncommon to hear students discuss how they bumped into us at specific events or saw our tweets and comments on Facebook. As hard as it is to comprehend, I engage in other activities besides teaching. My social life with my family, friends, and colleagues is an integral part of my life.
Therefore, when you send me an email at 11 p.m., do not expect a quick reply. It is past my working hours, and just like you, I need to refuel for the following day. Show respect by contacting me during work hours.
Over time, as a professor, we learn how to be observant, especially of our students. I may not remember all the students in my class, but I can certainly remember one that attends all my lectures, shows up on time, pays attention, takes notes, and asks appropriate questions.
I take pride in teaching, and therefore, an attentive student provides motivation. If such as student should try and approach me for help, I will probably offer all the support I can. However, we can also identify posers. Trying to win us over by suddenly being kind, appropriate and attentive for a few weeks will probably raise more speculation than admiration.
Colleges attract people from all walks of life, and as such, various skills. Almost every other week, college administrations sponsor events and talks with experienced individuals that will share their talents, free of charge. It is sad to see most students missing out on these opportunities, only to start chasing them after college.
Maximize the opportunities you have in school. It is through these events that you learn skills that are untrainable in lectures, and also find essential networks. You will also have the chance to socialize, and quite possibly land scholarships, or trips.
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