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How to get along with teachers in college

As exciting as it can be, the transition from school to college is usually a difficult one

The very thought of going to college is joyful and exciting for teenagers. This freshly acquired freedom is often enjoyable by students, but the suddenness with which it comes can be distracting. The dynamics of teaching and learning is different in colleges from what it is in schools. To make the most out of college learning, you need to pay close attention to your association with teachers in addition to being disciplined about studies.

In case you are wondering how here’s how:

You must go to class

Regular attendance is important not only for good relations with the teacher but also to make sure you don’t miss anything. No matter how large the strength of your class is, professors’ notice who’s there and who’s not in class.

When you have to miss a class due to an emergency

Make sure to get study notes from your classmate whose work you respect. In the next class, after your absence, tell the professor you’ve got the notes and inform him/her why you didn’t come yesterday. Teachers appreciate the sincerity.

Don’t be late

Not only coming late leaves a bad impression but the first few minutes of class are also vital as they are used by teachers to make important announcements regarding projects, assignments, presentations, etc. Also, make sure whenever you are given any project or assignment, you submit it on time.

Meeting your professor

When you have to meet your professor for any project or assignment, be on time. And if you have to cancel the appointment, inform your professor. Remember, he/she might be busy with other things, so it’s your duty to inform him/her of your change in plans.

Find the place

Locate your professor’s department and his seat so that you don’t have to waste time looking around for his place later.

Be courteous

You might not agree with everything that is being discussed in class. When asking questions, don’t be hostile or demand answers aggressively. When you have a disagreement, preface your question like ‘Could you please elaborate on...?’ Try using negative leads.

Improved teaching depends on you

The kinds of feedback teachers receive from students help them. Therefore, specific, positive and constructive feedback can really improve the learning situation.

Always bring textbook and notebook to class

This gives the impression that you are well-prepared to work with interest. To know how to make study notes effectively in class, click here https://www.teentalkindia.com/explore/academic-pressure/taking-notes-effectively-in-the-classroom

Most professors are also interesting people with interests other than their subjects also. You may find that your professor and you have a common interest that can be the basis of a good relationship long after you have finished the course. You may find more interesting things about yourself, when in the company of a professor. Also, professors have information about special opportunities which you may find useful.

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Taking notes effectively in the classroom

Whether you are studying in school or in a college, taking notes is an important part of your everyday student life

Teaching and learning have moved to a different level. Now the approach is more interactive and elaborative. Taking notes, hence, has now become even crucial to succeed in your academics. Whether it’s your school, college or coaching, notes are something universal. However, there is a remarkable difference between taking notes merely and taking notes effectively. Taking notes is not just writing down everything that the teacher is saying, but creating a draft of what the teacher s trying to explain.

Many students complain that although they understand well in class, the notes that they take down often miss out relevant points. It’s not something uncommon, as when the lecture is delivered the students might not be taking notes effectively. Here are a few tips to help you in taking notes in the classroom effectively.

Before the lecture

Use a large loose-leaf notebook and use only one side of the paper. You can then layout your notes to see what all was covered in class and also you can add something later in between. Treat the margin of your notebook (a vertical line 2 and a half inches from the left) as the recall column, where keywords or phrases can be written later.

During the lecture

Take notes in bullet form. Capture general ideas and not illustrative ideas. Skip lines to show the end of ideas or thoughts. Use WhatsApp language and abbreviations that you can easily understand later. You can also underline major points and keywords.

After the lecture

Read through your notes immediately after the lecture to avoid any confusion in the future. Use the column and make your notes more legible if necessary. Record the ideas or keywords that will give you the idea of the lecture. You will have to reread the ideas of teacher and reflect in your own words.

While the lecture is still fresh in your mind, you can fill in from memory the facts and example which you might have missed during the lecture. Also, you can recall which all topics were unclear to you and can consult your classmate or teacher for further clarification. Immediately review results in better retention than a review after a long period. Unless you review within24 hours after the lecture or at least before the next lecture your retention will drop, and you will be relearning rather than reviewing.

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