As I’ve explained to some folks before, you can love someone (genuinely wanting the best for that person) without liking them (“dude we should totally hang out because I enjoy spending time with you in a healthy, wholesome way!!”).
And while I do love all my students and want them to succeed, and while I do my absolute best to be impartial, there are naturally some students that I don’t like as much as I like others.
Because I’m a human.
What makes the difference?
Here it is in a word: care.
I can stand in front of a classroom and within seconds I can tell who actually cares about the class.
If you don’t care about a class but still want your teacher to like you … well, you’d better get to be a pretty good actor.
As far as specifics on how to show that you care, a lot of that is pretty obvious. But I’ll be telling you anyhoo in an upcoming project I’m working on.
Some folks I asked seemed receptive to the idea of a video course. It would basically be a total brain dump of everything I know about being a good student that I’ve learned on my own over the years and all the things I’ve researched.
One of those lessons? “How to make your teachers like you (without being a suck-up)”
So all the details and little things will be in there.
Besides that, I’ll also be covering note-taking, research, in-class essays, other kinds of papers, studying and preparing for tests and exams, tips for different types of tests … any other ideas or questions?
What are some other topics you’d like to know about?
Pop me an email or tweet or something and let me know.