How to Impress Your Teachers in 12 steps

Teachers. We all think of them as the people that can make or break your grade -- and your life. But in reality, we know that they are regular people, just like us.
They go to sleep at night, dream about what they watched on TV, wake up even though they're still exhausted, and then get ready to go to school. However, some teachers may have some temper issues. Whether you love your teacher or hate your teacher, you still hope to impress them. It's always good to stay on the good side. Here's how to make sure they don't give you trouble...


1 -Make sure you are neatly dressed. Wash and/or iron all the clothes you will be wearing to school the next day. Dress uniquely, and most importantly, appropriately. A low cut tank or pants that are falling down to your knees may look cool to other peers, but not to your teachers. Think about what will get you further in life - impressing students or impressing teachers. Brush your hair, wash your face, and shower.

2 -Arrive at school on time. Don't be late, because in some schools if you're tardy too many times you get a detention, or you even get cut from the class. Being tardy to school shows irresponsibility, so aim for being early. If you happen to be late one time, don't make up excuses. Teachers can see through the acts - they've had to deal with tardy kids giving excuses for years.

3 -Make small talk with your teacher because they are people, too. Just say a friendly "Hello, how was your weekend?" and talk a little bit about yourself, too. Teachers will be a bit friendlier to you if they know you're not just trying to get a good grade from them. Hold the door open for your teacher, and say hi in the hallways when you pass them. Never badmouth your teacher in public, no matter how much you dislike them. You never know who could've also been listening, and if the wrong person hears, word will get back to your teacher.

4 -Arrive to class prepared. Be prepared for anything. Bring at least two pencils, two pens, an eraser, highlighter, post-it notes, loose-leaf paper, textbooks, and binders. Remember to bring any other specific things your teacher asks you to bring every day, such as a calculator for math or a ruler for science.

5 -Sit at the front of the classroom whenever possible. This will prevent you from fooling around during class, and it helps you focus better than if you were in the back. Studies show that generally teachers tend to prefer the kids that sit up front, because those kids have the self-control not to fool around. Sit up straight and don't slouch. This gives your teacher the impression that care and are there to learn. If you can't see the board, consider glasses or contact lenses.

6 -Improve your attendance. Only miss class when you really need to (i.e. chronically ill, high fever, surgery, family issues...etc.). Go out of your way to tell your teacher in advance and explain why you couldn't make it. Get the class notes, assignments, and homework from friends in the class and make up all the work. Remember to show everything you did to your teachers when you get back.

7 -Pay attention in class. While the teacher is talking, make eye contact, look at the board, and take notes - even if your teacher doesn't ask you to. Highlight, underline, or circle anything your teacher stresses or repeats in your notes. Clear away all distractions. Turn your mobile off, don't pass notes,don't listen to your iPod, or talk to people near you when the teacher is talking. If this is hard for you, it may help if you sit away from your friends.

8 -Participate. Ask related questions and make comments on what your teacher is talking about. Aim to participate at least three times per class a day. Don't dominate a class discussion - teachers aren't looking for attention hogs. They want everyone to participate. Don't be afraid to ask the teacher to stop and go over a topic again. Most teachers will respect you for admitting that you didn't understand everything.

9 -Stay after class to get help. This is especially useful to do in the days before a big test or exam. If you felt very confused during class then devote at least half an hour after school to pop into your classroom and ask for a recap and explanation on what was discussed in class earlier. Remember to ask in advance if you can stay after, because your teacher may need to go somewhere immediately after school/class.

10 -Do your homework. Homework can be a big chunk of your grade, and one big assignment can raise or lower your final grade for the class. Manage your time, and do your homework as early as possible. If you ever happen to forget to do your homework, then do it, and turn it in as soon as possible. Even if you don't get any points for turning it in late, you will have gained a degree of respect from your teacher, and you will know the material a little better.

11 -Help your teacher - community services like helping your teacher fix the desks or put the books in order, etc.

12 -Be nice to the other students. If they don't understand something and you do, explain it after class. Don't pick on people. Don't be mean. Help new kids find their way to class. Being a nice person helps your reputation with everyone, not just teachers.


* If you have a choice in the matter, sit in the same general area every day. When teachers are grading you for attendance and participation, they'll have a clearer image of your presence in class, because you'll have been at the same seat all semester or year.
* If you are having trouble or need to increase your grade you should stop by during their free period or after school when there is time to talk. Schedule an appointment if you need to or ask for a pass to come back during lunch or a study period. Ask if there is extra credit you could do or discuss the areas that you are unclear on. They will appreciate your interest in doing well (teaching you well is their art and craft).
* Don't just sit in the back and look clueless. If you are doing your work and turning in assignments on time you are halfway there.
* Learn more about your teacher from other students who have already had the teacher. This way, you can know the teacher's specific likes and dislikes.
* If an aspect of your class or a specific figure you are learning about seems to interest you, research them. If a figure or topic is especially interesting and exciting to your teacher you should really do some extra research on them. You can have mutual interests with your teachers. Just because they are in an authoritative position doesn't mean you can't share common interests. Discuss these topics with your teacher. They will appreciate your interests and enjoy discussing subjects they are passionate about to a receptive audience.
* Make them laugh! Even if they seem to be stuck up, find out what makes them laugh. When you do, you can use it whenever you need an extra boost.
* Remember that if you try to understand and respect your teacher, they will respect and try to understand you. Don't misbehave in their period and don't say bad things about any teacher to that teacher.
* Speak to your teacher using mature vocabulary.
* Try talking about science or social studies outside the classroom it might impress them.
* If your teacher is doing something offer to help. It might just get you student of the month!
* Address them in the halls. Ask them how they are or just say hi. Always be polite.


* Be prepared to be called a "Teacher's Pet" or a suck up.
* Be prepared to be called a "know it all".

Things You'll Need

* Class Supplies (Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, etc.)
* Textbooks.
* A book to read if you finish early.


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