(Closed) Spinoff: What made you love or hate a professor?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I disliked professors who weren’t straightforward on what was going to be on a test.  I also enjoy note taking.  I study from them by taking notes in class and re-writing them when I got home.  I would also make notes of the notes that I took when I was studying.

I had a History professor who would make up mumbo jumbo slides of things he was talking about.  He would go through them quickly without giving us time to jot down the important things.  He never read from the book.  He talked about what he wanted to.  We were expected to read pages and pages from the book and know what was going to be on the test.  I think it’s unfair because what may seem important to me may not seem important to another person (or the professor).  It was really hard and I ended up dropping the class to avoid hurting my GPA.

ETA: I had a professor that was friendly with everyone.  She was a literacy professor.  She was a young woman who wanted to be friends with everyone.  We all thought we were getting an A in the class because we literally did nothing.  Well, most of the student were right.  They got As.  I got a B.  It’s not a BAD grade, but why pick me out of the entire class to give a B?  I did nothing wrong.  I did what I was supposed and I even answered questions.  I think it’s because I [mistakenly] questioned her about something regarding the class and had to remind her what to do.  She was too busy being too chatty and friendly with the particular girls.  It ticked me off because it brought my GPA down.  Hah.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I like the professors that are themselves, a professor with no personality is THE WORST!

If someone is naturally sweet then thats great, but someone who isn’t trying to act sweet is terrible. If someone bitchy tries to act nice then it’s terrible- just BE bitchy, embrace it, aknowledge it. I’m a big girl and I can adapt to that.

Of course I’m a returning college student so if you asked me at 17 my answer would have been a lot different but at 25 I just want people to be “real”

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mightywombat:  I should’ve complained, but didn’t.  I was glad to be out of that mess of a class.  One of our projects I didn’t agree with.  She wanted us to make a scrapbook of thing we wrote as a child.  Basically gather things mommy and daddy saved throughout our school years.  I had nothing.  No one saved anything of mine.  How was I supposed to complete this? I luckily found a few things, but not enough and mine was terrible compared to others.  That may have been why I got a B, but how can you fault someone for that?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@mightywombat:  It’s a different perspective being on the other side of the classroom. Good luck with your teaching! I’m interested in seeing what other responses you get to this post. 🙂

When I was a student, I liked profs who made it clear what was expected from the class and were organized. So as a prof now I make sure to do that, although this past semester I got a comment from a student about my disorganization-which floors me. I’d love to know what specifically they found disorganized about the class.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@StarryNight2011:  Organization is a plus.  I enjoy that as well.  My education professor (I made sure to keep taking her classes for each one.) was marvelous.  Knowledgeable, organized, and always stated what she expected out of us.  She got what she wanted!

@mightywombat:  Agreed.  It was embarrassing if anything.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I enjoy professors who are open to helping their students grow and increase their knowledge. My worst professor teaches in a way that shows that he doesn’t want our knowledge to surpass his own. He wants to remain the “authority” on the topic and is often condescending and tries to trick students with his wording. At the very least, his attitude destroys students’ interest in this area of study.

To me, education should be seen as an inverted pyramid where the professor/teacher is the starting point at the bottom. The pyramid can extend infinitely. The students’ growth is only limited by their abilities and desire to learn and the professor/teacher sees the students’ success as partly their own (rather than as competition).

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The professors I liked most seemed to actually enjoy teaching & talking about the subject. I had a few professors that were mainly affiliated with the university for research purposes, but they were required to teach one class. They made sure everyone knew that they didn’t actually want to be teaching the class. Professors that were clear about expectations and graded fairly were ones I also liked. I had some professors who seemed to pick a grade out of a hat. I also had one professor that always gave white students lower grades and loudly proclaimed that he was racist, but it was okay, because “the first step to over coming racism is admitting it”. He was a weirdo anyway though. I really didn’t like him because he ruined my perfect 4.0 with a B+.

I did really like one professor that gave me a lower grade. But it really wasn’t her fault I got a lower grade. She was super nice & actually a really good teacher. But it was math, and that’s my weakness. So no hard feelings there. One professor kept giving me low grades on everything (he did the same to everyone), and I was so upset because I thought it was going to ruin my GPA.. but in the end I got an A? Even though the highest grade he ever gave me was a B. I honestly just don’t know what was going on with him. But he was also one of the professors who was only teaching because he was required to do at least one class. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@StarryNight2011:  Don’t negative reviews hurt. I swear I can have 200 great comments but that bad one will stick with me FOREVER!!!!!

This is a really interesting thread to read because most teachers teach how they like to be taught but you have to remember that you have a dynamic group of students that like different things.

I am also finishing up my PhD and already have a Professorial job lined up for a January start date.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

In the end, my favorite professors were the ones that were fair. As in, our final grade reflected our attendance, performance on exams and homework. I felt too often the trouble students would be given a break because they would go to the professor and tell them some sob story (true or not). I really respected the professors that wouldn’t let that affect their grading.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

The best professors I had all had one thing in common – a willingness to listen to alternative ideas. I realize that in academia, this should be a given. It’s not. It’s really not the case when you’re taking politics classes and have different views than the professor. I had several who outright held it against me. The judgement may not have come off in the grades (that would be an actionable offense if it could be proven), but it did come off in a shitty classroom environment.

The best college instructor I had was a PhD student who was at the extreme opposite end of the spectrum. She and I got along great because a) I enjoyed the content of her classes and b) we both knew what it was like for professors to be biased against you in the classroom. She’s the one I consulted when designing my own major even though she could not be one of my formal advisors.

The next best were two who also didn’t agree with one thing I believed in, but we got along because we were all idealists for our causes. One of them used to write some of the most complimentary comments on my papers when I know he hated reading them. I beamed when I opened one and it said, “A very thoughtful and consistent argument…even though I think you’re wrong.” 🙂

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