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13 Ways to Make Your Professor Love You

June 4, 2010

Last fall, a colleague shared with me a blog post she read called 13 Ways to Make Your Professor Love You by Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman. I couldn’t have written it better. We liked the post so much we posted it outside our department’s Peer Advising Center.

Here are a few of my favorite ones from the list:

2. Say hi to the professor when he or she enters the room. Seems obvious. But take a look sometime at how few students do it.

4. Put in your two cents worth. Another way professors break up the class is by asking questions. At times, running a class discussion can be like pulling teeth, especially for those professors who think they should not make a move until the student has moved first (like a game of chess, with the professors playing “black”). So, perk up with a question when the professor comes in asking, “Does anyone have any questions?”

8. Ask the profs what theyre working on. Most professors have spent many years working on a research project. And there’s almost nothing professors like to talk about more than their research. But it’s a rare student who thinks to ask the professor about it. This is something that’ll surely set you off from the crowd, and hey, you might even learn something about Siberian poetry of the late 1820s.

Take a few minutes and read 13 Ways to Make Your Professor Love You by Jacobs and Hyman. Which of their suggestions have you tried? Were they successful? What other suggestions do you have? Please reply with a comment to this post.

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