I’m going to be answering a few questions about this weeks article on how to make your teachers happy without looking like a loser…
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To the questions:
Why even worry about making your teachers happy?
Because grades are usually a little subjective.
Even in math, the teachers give partial credit based on their subjective judgement.
Happy teachers = easier better grades
I know… some teachers don’t deserve it…
But it’s not about them. It’s about you.
Stay in the habits that make people like you more and you’ll be in a better position in everything you do. It doesn’t require extra effort to keep your teachers happy. It just requires you give them the same courtesy you give to random dogs you walk by.
(If they’re friendly, pat their head. If they’re not, keep a little distance and don’t dance around in a prime rib bikini. – That’s a metaphor… Don’t actually do that with your teachers.)
This is the difference between winning arguments and winning in life.
The person that wins arguments doesn’t always win in life. Let your teacher “win” the arguments. You have better things to win at.
XX teacher hates me through no fault of my own, what should I do?
I think you’re probably right. If you genuinely haven’t done anything to wrong a certain teacher – there is still a chance they’ll just not like you. (Well… I don’t get it. I think you’re awesome!)
It’s strange how that happens…
Either way… your behavior shouldn’t change. Be polite. Be respectful. Don’t give them any logical reason to complain about you.
Best case – the teacher changes their mind.
Worst case – the teacher can’t do anything to cause you real problems because you’ve been so polite. I get that it sucks…
You’re contradicting yourself! You say… don’t try to make them happy but do this to make them happy!
I love when people pay attention! Correct-ish.
The key is…
Don’t be weird about it.
Don’t be a “try-hard”
Don’t kiss their portable seat cushion
Be polite. Be nice.
And your teacher will like you significantly more than any other scenario. (Teachers often give “teacher’s pets” lower grades because teachers intentionally judge them more harshly to “stay objective.”)
These are the kinds of points that even some top students blunder on…
These are the kind of points I call “free points” in KAIC. But to clarify based on what one reader mentioned – these aren’t “free” points… they’re just points that are so easy to get that any semi-sane student can waltz their way into higher scores.
Have you ever sabotaged your success doing this silly little thing?
You only procrastinate the stuff that sucks. You don’t say, “Ahhh… I’ll read that text from my crush later.” Nope. Now… Any pause is intentional and coordinated to respond better.
Here is the problem with academics:
You probably think most academic stuff sucks – at least a little. (Especially compared to other things you could be doing.)
And the thing is:
FORCING YOURSELF TO STUDY JUST MAKES IT WORSE!
You’re slowly hardening your association of school and being miserable.
You need to create positive associations with academics. You want your brain to be getting hyped up and positive when you’re thinking about studying and giving into this internal oligarchical instinct to force yourself to studying – ain’t helpin’.
Chill the internal dictator for a moment…
A big secret: You need to STOP forcing yourself to study so much.
But, if you’re not forcing yourself then how are you going to see those killer straight-a’s that you’re always dreaming about?
Get your copy of my book about How To Get Happier Straight A’s.
It only costs $4.99 (and if these strategies don’t work like magic like it has for thousands of other students then you can get a full refund.)