Everyone agrees it’s important to maintain a good relationship with that sage person who gives you knowledge in class. True. But students at some point during class have a preference of stepping out of line when it comes to asking queries.
Questions are good, especially where a student needs verification or broad understanding of the topic at hand. However, some questions, when asked in a suggestive way may end up wrecking that perfect reputation you’ve preserved with your lecturer.
1. Is this unit simple or difficult?
Never ask such a question because the response is never good. The lecturer may swing it around, depending on his/her mood, to make sure it backfires on your presence.
The professor knows you signed up for that class, not because of simplicity or difficulty but your love for it. If you’ve prepared well for a class, then it will be so simple to go through it. Trust me, I’ve done it. Also, attitude is never a friend when deciding which class to sign up for.
2. Will this topic come in the next CAT?
The professor spends hours going through the course to ensure you understand it better and this should definitely be the last question he/she want to hear from you.
It would sound unfair (or definitely it is unfair) if the professor outlines for you topics he thinks will raise questions during the awaiting test. This shows you’re lazy hence revising that topic is tiresome.
3.Other lecturers are done with this class. what’s taking you so long?
You’ve got to understand that lecturers are people just like you and their ways of teaching vary. One might be quick, the other slow. This depends on what’s being taught. That professor must have a good reason(s) for missing lectures or being gradual in teaching.
If other lecturers are done with the class, why not take advantage of the situation and rush through their notes just to be ahead of the class?
4.I submitted my assignment two days earlier. Quite impressive, uh?
I don’t think any lecturer cares about how early you hand in your work. He’s only impressed if you’ve done it correctly as instructed. Actually, don’t gloat over your speed in such a case. Bragging is one thing but bragging about class work is something else.
5.We’re almost done with this unit. Is there need for additional classes?
Remedial classes are meant for students with difficulties in learning. And these difficulties could include distance, health or dunce. If the professor planned for such classes, he/she knows why it’s necessary. Questioning his/her decision is intolerable.
If you’ve a quick grasp of everything taught in class, lay back relax. Not everyone is like you. Give room for others to learn.
6. Majority of students got Bs in the test but you gave me a C. What happened?
Sure. Silly question if you asked me. Your approach is etiquette-inconsiderate. Go through the work, instead, and compare what your colleagues wrote with want you had. Make adjustments where possible.
You may have done the wrong question, or worse missed to tackle one question. Whichever case, don’t bother asking the professor why he downgraded you compared to everybody else.
7. I send you an email with my work. Did you get it?
Just to be clear, lecturers deal with a lot of work and the fact that you submitted your work on email doesn’t mean it will be given priority. They have many classes to attend and my solution to your email procrastination is to directly approach the professor in his office. Face to face conversation might get you sorted.