Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2016. While it doesn’t take into account what pissing professors have about Zoom, it is still a very good resource for resting in the good grace of the person who is ultimately responsible for your fate in class.

Sometimes you have to go straight to the source.

A professor of mine once said: “I don’t care about your grade; it is profoundly unimportant in the eye of eternity. “Of course, professors want you to ‘get the grade’, but more important than a numerical designation is your growth in both an educational and a personal sense.

While some of us may shy away from or feel intimidated by our professors, they are actually the absolute best resource you could possibly be looking for. More importantly, they want you to succeed. So let’s hear what they have to say about your education. What drives you crazy What is detrimental to your success?

I interviewed some of my favorite professors to find out.

Warning: The following actions can annoy your professor

Here’s a general rule of thumb: don’t fret your professor’s shit.

Seriously, let’s take a moment to acknowledge some veterinarians who not only test your professor’s patience, but also hurt your success.


Let’s sum it up: Net etiquette. This Pet Peeve relates to your online communication with your professors.

According to Dr. Laurie Kruk, an English professor at Nipissing University, the way to get this extension on paper if you email us titled ‘Hey prof’ and treat us like friends in a bar.

Fair. I tend to agree. The professors’ inboxes are flooded with hundreds of emails from students. If you really want their help, Dr. Kruk: “Convince them; speak their language. “Most of all, show them the respect they deserve.

Put the phone down … chill, you are not that popular

Let’s be real for a moment: professors know the tricks of the trade. You can see the glow on your face under the desk. You know it’s not a book you read secretly behind your pocket. And they certainly hope that you don’t smile at your crotch.

The professor of English, Dr. Cameron McFarlane of Nipissing University shared this helpful little tidbit on his curriculum with students: “Know yourself: If you are easily distracted, don’t bring toys that will distract you throughout the class.”

Professors don’t like students using their laptops or cell phones for non-educational purposes during class time. “First of all, it is bad for the student to focus on and attend a lecture.” Second, according to Dr. McFarlane, “There is a generation gap between students and professors. While students may not think about the use of technology as a problem, we find it rude and distracting. “

Listen: The following tips will lead to success

Okay, but how can students be successful? Here’s what professors have to say.

“Read read read! Write, write, write!”

When I met my philosophy professor, Dr. Donna Jowett, when asked how students can get the most out of their education, she had a simple answer: “Read, read, read. Write, write, write. “

You will never learn anything if you sit passively in class. Perhaps you have developed the perfect technique to get your class through without buying the textbooks, but there comes a time to decide whether you are in school for a scrap of paper or an education. To get value from your education, you need to learn how to think. Read and write about anything and everything you can get your hands on: make sense of it on the page, find deeper meanings, make connections, and find broader implications.

Dr. McFarlane confirms this feeling: “Classes can be surprisingly interesting if you have read the work under discussion in advance and thought about it before you come. By “thought about it” I don’t mean “googled it”, I actually thought about it! With your own brain! “

So here are the three magic words: reading. Write. Superior.

Immerse yourself in the world

Dr. Kruk advises students “not just to get involved in the class, but to be aware of what is happening in the world. Keeping up with culture in the broader sense. “

“Sometimes students see their degrees as a means to an end.” But, as she shares, engaging with material both inside and outside the classroom leads to growth, both personally and academically. Do not isolate and subdivide everything you learn. Take what you learn in class and apply it to the outside world. Take the outside world and apply it to what you learn in school. Making connections is an integral part of your success.

Push yourself: because no one will do it for you

When I got Dr. When asked how students can be successful in post-secondary, Kruk explained, “If you want to be successful in your major, you have to want to do it.” Successful students have a passion for what they do. They strive for more knowledge and expand their learning beyond the parameters of each class. If you don’t connect to your major, it’s never too late to change your direction.

In the end, everything is limited to one thing: curiosity. “If you’re curious, you will do the readings, you will show up for class, you will do the assignments. As simple as that.”

Dr. McFarlane cited tasks like reading, attendance, or paying attention that contribute to student success, but essentially everything is based on curiosity and a desire to learn. “Be curious, actually really curious, and everything else will follow. Success will come from realizing that I, Dr. ‘Whoever’, in fact, am the smallest part of your education. Only you can do it. “

Kylie-Anne Pit

Kylie-Anne Grube is studying English at Nipissing University. She is often found curled up with a good book and loves writing stories and poetry in her diary. Kylie aspires to become a professional writer or editor one day.


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