Consult Teachers

August 24, 2017

“One of the best ways to get your questions answered regarding your classwork, homework or test, is to consult your teacher whether publicly in class or privately after class. This shows the teacher that you are a motivated student who is interested in succeeding academically.” – Mrs. Denise Jeter (President)

I believe I speak on behalf of many students when I say consulting a teacher (privately or publicly) can be one of the most difficult, nerve racking and embarrassing things to do. Personally, I worried about if the teacher would be patient enough with me because I didn’t want to be a bother, that my question(s) would be silly and the source of laughter and harsh comments from my peers. Pride also contributed a great deal to my reservations. I didn’t want anyone to know that I wasn’t understanding what was being taught;especially if everyone else seemed to comprehend and was ready to move on to another topic/question. However, truth be told, those feelings couldn’t be any more wrong or self destructive. You should never feel ashamed or afraid to consult your teacher, he/she is there to educate you and if you’re not understanding then they should try their best to convey the lesson so you can understand what was taught. Never give in to intimidation, if you have a question, whether you think it’s silly or not, ask anyway. Chances are there are many other students in your position that are also afraid to speak up and couldn’t be happier that you did. If people laugh, let them laugh because when it’s all said and done, you’ve learned what you need to learn and your grades will be reflective of your efforts. If you and your teacher don’t have the best student teacher relationship, consult another teacher in their department during office hours or arrange a meet up to go over what you’re not understanding. Teachers can’t read minds and they’ll eventually realize you’re not grasping the lessons when they mark your exam/homework. Don’t forget though that practice makes progress. Yes you should ask your teacher questions but true comprehension comes from practice. That’s how you don’t end up asking your teacher the same questions over and over again. That could annoy your teacher and cause them to be demotivated to help you. Start your new semester off right, ask questions and don’t settle for mediocrity. You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be.

-Diallo Cunningham

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