For most students, school is either right around the corner or has already begun. You might have started school this week, might be starting it next week, or might start in a month.
I don’t know about you, but I always looked forward to the first day of school. For me, it meant a fresh start, entering another step towards my future, and (of course) seeing seeing all those people who I hadn’t seen in a while. Now that school is in full swing for me from the teacher perspective, let me give you a few tips on how to get off to a good start.
1. Be On Time
There is no worse feeling than walking into class late and having everyone turn to stare at you. (Unless you’re a diva, of course.) Make sure that you have a watch that is set to the correct time, like this Fossil one. If your cell phone is your alarm clock, make sure that it is charging/charged so that it doesn’t run out of battery and make you late. On that note, I strongly suggest setting multiple alarms! I’m terrified of sleeping through my alarms and being late.
2. Be Prepared
This might seem completely self-explanatory, but being prepared is just as important as showing up! It sets the tone for the rest of the year. If the teacher knows from Day 1 that you don’t have any paper or anything to write with, then they know that you’re unprepared and you’re on their radar – in a negative way – from the beginning. At the very least, have paper to take notes and something to write with.
3. Confused? Ask!
If you’re confused and don’t ask, then there is no way for the teacher to know and help you. It can be intimidating, but don’t feel shy about raising your hand!
4. Give Them Some Credit
You’ve probably seen this meme floating around. It’s something along the lines of Scumbag Teacher or something like that. Basically, my point is that it might seem to you that your teacher has no idea what they’re doing, they’re going back on their word, they don’t care about you, etc., etc. Even though it might seem like this, though, remember – your teacher might have 60-180 students that they are working with. They have a lot on their plate. Most likely, they’re working on being a great teacher, but it might take a few weeks for them to remember your name, for example. So cut them a bit of slack!