College Professor Pet Peeves vs. Simple Ways to Shine in Class


Dec   2012



There are ways to get on your professors' nerves, and there are ways to shine. Learn both right here!

Professor pet peeves

Everyone has one or two pet peeves, and professors are no exception. Author Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz lists these annoyances specific to dealing with students—avoid doing them, not just because it’s the right thing to do but because you don’t want to be “that guy/girl.”

  • Not having read the assigned reading before class and, therefore, not being able to respond appropriately when called upon by a professor
  • Talking in class
  • Playing games on a laptop or tablet
  • Asking lame or self-serving questions. Examples: “What do I need to know to get an A on this test?” or “Is this going to be on the exam?” Or even worse, earning poor grades and then saying “I really need to have a good grade in this class; would you change it?”

Simple ways to shine in class

Dr. Sherene McHenry, author of The Busy Student’s Guide to College and Career Success, offers these tips for creating a positive impression—they’ll make you a better student in every possible way!

  • Attend every class
  • Get to class a few minutes early
  • Sit in the front row
  • Stay actively engaged by taking notes
  • Don’t text or visit social media sites in class
  • Answer the first question you know in every class
  • Proof your papers before you turn them in
  • Do well on exams by studying correctly 

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About Mark Rowh

Mark Rowh is a Virginia-based writer and educator.