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This week’s question is one that I find unbelievably fun. It’s one of those factors that most grade increasing advice ignores: the subjectivity of educators.

The stuff you write about trying to make teachers like you makes sense. It’s one of those things people tell you you’re crazy for thinking about but I’ve definitely seen the difference. I don’t think I’m very good at it though. What kind of things should I do to win teachers over?

People are rather sensitive about this subject. If you suggest teachers might occasionally let their personal biases get in the way of fair grading then you’re treated like you’re stomping on the heroic efforts of noble men and women sacrificing their lives for the children. It’s rather annoying (and fun once you no longer have to deal with them regularly.)

Teachers are humans. Here is the most important factor: People hate suck-ups!

I’m serious. Winning over teachers has nothing to do with kissing their butts. Sure, you shouldn’t attack them verbally but you should not make any effort to win them over that looks obvious. If you look at all like a suck up then you’ll kill your chances at the teacher improving your grade over it. The teacher will think, “Oh… they’re a suckup. I better not give them extra credit because they’re nice to me.” You need to play likability subtly.

Eyes Up Front

One of the easiest ways of winning over a teacher is paying attention in their class. Not only that but pay attention in a blatantly obvious way. Keep your eyes on your teacher while they’re teaching. (Ideally not in a creepy way.) Teachers look over their students while they’re teaching. Many students stare down at their desk. Many students stare at the student in front of them’s tush. Many students stare down at their phone. Some students are actually looking back at the teacher. Those students are the students that the teacher feels respected and appreciated by.

I know it sucks sometimes during a super boring teacher’s lecture. That’s what makes it so useful. Oh yea… and don’t let your eyes glaze over. Actually look like you’re paying attention. This may not  be easy for some of you but it’s worth it. You can learn more in this article.

Of course, in classrooms with tons of students this becomes less and less important. In fact, in those huge classrooms you can expect winning over the teacher to be much less important. (Heck, the teacher might not even grade the papers in those classes.)

Do The Work (Or Be Clear Why You Didn’t)

Teachers appreciate students that do their work. If you’re not doing the classes work then you look like a flake that will just lower the teachers average final score. Teachers like their students doing well in their class. Not doing the teachers work typically means you won’t do well.

This comes into conflict with some advice that I’d typically give. Sometimes work isn’t worth doing because they have such a small effect on your final grade. In this situation I’d recommend honesty or a balance between the two.

Use Their Resources

If a teacher has open office hours then consider using them to get help on work. One of the biggest challenges to getting liked by a teacher without being an obvious suck up is getting noticed by that teacher. If you meet them in their office hours and can ask them a genuine question then you’re significantly more likely to be noticed for the positive things you’re doing.

Ultimately, being liked by a teacher often just comes down to being a good student. Teachers are teachers, generally, because they like being teachers. Let them be the teachers that they want to be. Just help them feel more like teachers (and not babysitters) and you’ll win over most teachers in no time.

Q/A – How Do I Win Over Teachers?

A B&C Students Guide To Mercilessly Crushing A Students At Their Own Game (While Laughing Your Way Towards The Ivy-League)

Are you smart but getting meh grades?

The smartest students are often the ones the school system leaves behind. It’s easy to motivate a half-wit (or even almost-wit – like a horse with a carrot dangled in it’s face to get it running. Giddy-up horsey!

You would never fall for that, right? Then this is for you.

It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re getting a raw deal. That’s the smart thing to do.

Academics is a game – and its prizes are good. Really good! There is more to the story than that though. What do you have to do to get that prize? And that matters even more than the prize. Study 18 hours a day for straight-A’s and a high-paying job someday in the distant future? Ughhh… Not me. That’s for sure.

I scored near the top of my college Engineering class while studying less than 15 minutes a morning. And seriously, I don’t sound like a super genius, do I?

Hint: I had barely scraped a 1.0 GPA in high school and I wasn’t skipping and having fun with friends either – I was… dare I say… trying my best.

Big Tip: trying doesn’t matter unless you’re experimenting or already using an effective strategy. Trying without an effective strategies is a waste that can plop your grades in the stinker. First step – STOP TRYING with ineffective strategies.

You got that?

Look… I’m a bit crazy. I get it. I’ve read hundreds of books on grades, learning, and memory. I spent sleepless nights studying obscure academic journals. I swear, I even read the book “How To Read A Book” and didn’t have to drink alcohol to do it!


You wanna’ know why?

Don’t tell anyone but… I care. I was emotionally crippled by the school system. I had heartless, lazy, and downright mean teachers (and a couple good ones that couldn’t help.) It took years for me to untangle their mess…

And I went to college and beat them at their own wretched game. Top scores. Easy studying. Time to make friends and impress the ladies. (You know… the important stuff!)

But I know… I wasn’t alone and I know there are others facing similar and worse challenges than I did. And I may be out of the warzone now but I can’t in good conscience leave you behind without my arsenal.

That’s why a decade ago I founded Smart Student Secrets and got link backs from LifeHack, HuffPo, and good college professors with names I can’t pronounce from all over the world that see these strategies crushing every day. But forget about them… the emails I get from grateful students… that’s the stuff a good life is made of.

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And this isn’t about “working harder” – and it’s not about “working smarter” either. (I cringe every time I read that phrase.)

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6 thoughts on “Q/A – How Do I Win Over Teachers?

  • March 30, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Great delivery. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the good effort.

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  • December 15, 2015 at 6:31 am

    This is so true! I would also recommend sitting in the front, and letting the teachers know with your body language that you’re interested in the topic and listening to them.
    Also, don’t talk during the lesson! Teachers hate this, especially if you’re a less than stellar student. They might even hate you for this, if they have low self-esteem and are prickly.

  • August 30, 2015 at 6:15 am

    So, I’m an upper elementary teacher and my first reaction to this question was: try hard, have a good attitude, even if things get difficult, and of course, like you said, at least *act* like you’re paying attention. I don’t care if you are an A, B, or C student — if you enter the classroom with a willing spirit to learn, you try your best…..I will do everything I can to help you. And yeah, don’t be a brown-noser or know-it-all…..that’s SUPER annoying! ?

  • August 29, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I have this one teacher that drives me nuts. Even pretending to pay attention would be miserable. I think I’ll take the B and avoid the suffering. lol


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