It’s a fact of college-student life: you’re going to have at least one professor that you dislike. You’ll go to your first day of class thinking that all those rate-my-professor reviews you read prepared you well. Then it turns out that most were written by disgruntled students who wanted easy As, and your professor’s tough but fair and you know you’ll thrive in the class. But this is a best-case scenario. What happens when you find yourself in a class with a professor that you know you’re going to struggle with all semester long?Taking a class with a so-so professor happens. This scenario can look like: • Taking a class from a professor straight out of grad school who has no teaching experience whatsoever. • A course requirement with a pretentious, tenured-track professor that doesn't’ bother to learn your name. • A lecture-based course where knowledge is shared with you for two hours straight while you struggle to keep your eyes open. • Professors who expect the students to teach the class; who skip the basics and move straight to the more advanced, leaving you to flounder all semester. Vague, scatter-brained, uninvolved, et cetera. It’s important to remember that “bad” is different than “tough.” If you’re really at school to learn—which you should be, considering that you’re paying—then a tough professor will make you work to earn your A, but you’ll get something out of the experience. You first must know what type of student you are in order to know what type of teacher best suits your needs. That’s why some students love a teacher while others despise him or her.Take me and my roommate, for example, she’s taking her third class with this one professor that I had last semester and swore I would never take it again. I found her nitpicky and controlling; my roommate, on the other hand, thinks she’s fantastic. But, say you’re already in the class. It’s too late to drop or transfer to another section (but do keep these options in mind at the very beginning of the semester). You’re stuck. Now what?
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