During college years, students experience various kinds of relationships with their peers and professors in particular. While you can act on equal terms with your group-mates, there is a system of seniority in reference to the teaching staff. How to behave? How to avoid negative confrontations with your professors?
As we are all human beings, it is impossible to have perfect relationships with every single person we meet. We are prone to constant changes of our mood, subjective or, what is even worse, prejudiced attitude built on stereotypes or simply dislike we have towards some people. We are all vicious, and professors are not an exception.
It may occur that your professor is an incredibly intelligent person, pleasant interlocutor, good advisor; though, he or she is bad at explaining the material and stating arguments.
It’s not the worst situation. There is always a plan B to work out the problem and comprehend the necessary material. First of all, try attending your professor’s office hours. If the attempts to find a common language are still obscure, there are always tutors, who can help you with understanding important notions, tangled schemes or complicated formulas. Another option is to cooperate with students, who have deeper knowledge on this topic and don’t mind sharing it with you. A collaborative approach while studying is the most popular among students.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t happen very often, sometimes professors do lower grades for their student both with a reason or on purpose. Maybe, your marks depend on the personal attitude a professor has, subjectivity, which is characteristic of humans or different from your style approach. Anyway, if you think your work is underestimated, try to stand upon your point of view.
The main mistakes students make while finding out the reason of poor grades are filing a claim to their professors or arguing with them. That’s definitely what you shouldn’t do! To handle the misunderstanding in a well-mannered way, ask your professor to give or (if it is already given) explain his/her comment or ask politely to supervise you in order to meet his/her expectations and requirements.
If you feel that you are humiliated in front of other students, deprived from your student’s right to be assessed fairly or you are insulted in any other improper way – you have a deal with the Rude Professor.
Take a deep breath and stay calm. Do not come under the negative influence of your grouchy professor. Don’t try to handle the situation being rude in return. Let the school’s authorities manage the inappropriate behavior of a rude aggressor.
The most radical, though, working method of dealing with awkward customers is filling out evaluations that will definitely bring positive changes in your relationships with bad teaching staff.
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