Online professors, much like other teachers, enjoy teaching and interacting with students in their classes. Many professors enjoy using email, virtual chat, message boards, and other ways to share ideas and form friendly relationships with their students. However, there are some students that frustrate professors to the point of distraction. If you want to be an online success in your degree program, make sure you are not one of these annoying student types:
Even if he or she makes excellent grades and does top quality work, the complainer can quickly become a professor’s least favorite student. Do you have to point out every flaw in the course? Do you complain about the system being down for an hour or two? Do you have to drag other students into discussions about issues with the course, the school, and the professor? While it is important to address genuinely important problems and concerns that can harm your grades, do not complain about little things that are beyond the professor’s control. If there is a problem that really needs to be addressed, contact the professor privately and directly and keep your message professional and positive.
Do you have to get details on your assignments within hours of the due time? Have you ever missed an assignment because you had technical problems? If so, you are probably procrastinating too much. If you have a question for the professor, make sure to ask well ahead of the assignment deadline. Professors are not hard-wired into their computers and may not be available to offer you answers at the last minute. In addition, regardless of how talented you are, professors can tell that you put your work off until the last minute. This shows that you are not taking the class seriously and can cause your instructors to have a poor opinion of you as a student.
Do you love a lively discussion? Are you often having conversations and/or making posts that have nothing to do with the topic at hand? While you may be excited that your team won the Superbowl, your classroom discussion boards are not the place to say so. When participating in a class chat or message thread, it is okay to share your thoughts, opinions, and experiences as long as they stay with the focus of the conversation. If you have off-topic things to share with your classmates, go to the off-topic board or invite them to a private chat.
The Chain Jumper
Have you ever complained to a professor’s boss without talking to the professor first? There is a clear chain of authority in place in college courses. If you have an issue with a grade or other aspect of the class, the proper thing to do is talk to your professor first. Only go to his or her boss if the issue cannot be resolved, or if it is in major violation of ethical behavior or college code of conduct (racism, sexual harassment, etc.) In other situations, you will be referred back to the professor anyway. By this time, he or she will be less cooperative and will likely be disgruntled that you tried to cause trouble with the boss.
College is serious business and should be treated as such. Take the time to read all assignments and to turn in your best quality work every time. If you turn in sloppy work that shows that you haven’t proofread, studied, read the material, or put forth your best effort, the professor will not take you seriously and your grades will definitely suffer.
If you want to make a good impression with your professors and earn the best grades possible, avoid turning into one of these annoying students. Your professors, your fellow students, and your GPA will thank you.