One important tip to getting better grades? Getting in good with your teacher. It seems super obvious, but so many people don’t do it, and get hurt in the end. Impressing your teacher will only benefit you in the long run. If you’re afraid of seeming like a brown-noser, remember that the grades you get determine the college you’ll get into and the amount of financial aid you’ll receive (#WorthIt). Instead of looking at your teachers as enemies, see them as what they are: people who want to help you prepare for your future. The faster you get them on your side, the better your semester will be. Why wouldn’t you like to make your life easier?
I may not have been the most popular girl in school, but I always got those straight A’s. My good grades allowed me to receive a full ride to a state school, saving me years of stress paying off student loans. No, I wasn’t always the most organized, punctual, or smartest in the room, but teachers saw that I had a passion for learning and always did the work that was asked of me. NO EXCUSES. It can sound cheesy when people say “attitude is everything,” but the older you get you realize how true it really is.
Don’t be the person who always complains that their teacher “hates” them. (That’s being a victim, and we here at Gurl want to empower you to take ownership of your life!) If you’re ready to start the spring semester off on the right foot, here are some tips to make your teacher love you:
Be Willing To Get It WrongEven if you're not sure that you have the right answer, raise your hand. Join in on the conversation. The point of school isn't to be perfect, it's to learn! Your teacher will notice if you're putting yourself out there and contributing to the energy of the classroom. What really impresses a teacher is when they see you're trying - it doesn't matter if you're getting it wrong or right. You have a beautiful brain with unique opinions that deserves to be heard. Source: iStock
Get To Class On TimeI struggle with this one, but getting to class on time shows a level of deference for the teacher that will not go unnoticed. No matter how smart a student is, no teacher is going to be impressed by someone who is always late. It goes like this: you respect your teachers, and your teachers will respect you. Crazy how that works! Source: iStock
Get Excited About The MaterialTry to find something about the subject matter that gets you going. ENGAGE! If a teacher sees that you're enthusiastic about the lesson plan they spent countless hours preparing, you'll both feel mutually gratified. Actually read the assignment and form opinions on it. If you're in science class, acknowledge how amazing it is to be learning about how the world works. If you're in math class...well...I can't help you there. Just remember what an undeniable privilege it is to be able to learn- so many young people around the globe don't have that opportunity. Source: iStock
Ask For Extra HelpIf you're not getting the grade that you want, don't be afraid to ask if there's anything you can do to get it up. Teachers like to see that you're taking initiative and are willing to go the extra mile. Many times, they'll offer you extra credit projects or even the option to re-do tests just because you impressed them. It may sound crazy, but teachers actually want you to do well in their class. Source: iStock
Don't Correct Your Teacher In Front Of EveryoneNobody likes a know-it-all. SERIOUSLY. If you think you know better than your teacher and you get a kick out of embarrassing them in front of the whole class, stop. Don't be that person! You can always approach the teacher after class ask for clarification, but try and refrain from being the girl who corrects every little misspelling on the blackboard. Source: iStock
Don't Be NegativeComplaining about the amount of homework, looking bored, and questioning the pertinence of certain subjects are all ways that you're showing your teacher you don't care. School is hard- it's supposed to be so that you grow as a person! But if you can approach the challenge with an openness and a sense of curiosity, your teacher will immediately love you. Source: iStock
Keep Your Homework NeatEven if you like to eat and drink while you work on homework, be aware of the state that you're handing off your paperwork to your teacher. Stains, scribbles, sloppy writing...it's little things like that that add up. Your teacher may not even consciously realize it, but turning in clean work leaves a better impression than a crumpled mess! Source: iStock
Stay Off Your PhoneI know, I know- it's tempting to check your phone during class. However, there's no faster way to get on your teacher's sh*t list than texting in the middle of a lecture. It's merely common curtsey that your teacher is asking for, so give it to them! Source: iStock
Be Prepared For ClassIf you never have a notebook to take notes in, are always rummaging around in your backpack looking for a pen, or are constantly forgetting your books at home, your teacher will think that you're not taking your schoolwork seriously. Simply showing up prepared sends a message to your teacher that you want to do well. Source: iStock
Dress To ImpressI wish appearances didn't matter and people got ahead solely on merit. I really do. Unfortunately, that's not the way the world works. You're welcome to dress in your pajamas for class, but putting in a little effort to look nice will leave a better impression on your teachers. (Plus you might be less likely to fall asleep.) Source: iStock
Do you have any tips for impressing your teachers? Have you had any teachers that didn’t like you for absolutely no reason? Let men know in the comments below!