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Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Very Old Problem!

A professor’s frustration with students is not a new problem.  I hear the same complaints from professors’ year-in and year-out.  It is often the little mistakes that a student makes that lead to bigger misunderstandings with professors.  Usually, these mistakes occur because the student is acting out of habit based on prior experience in the education system.  Certainly, higher education uses the same props as primary and secondary educational institutions – classrooms, textbooks, teachers/professors, tests/exams, papers, and so on.  Thus, students new to higher education enter the environment in much the same way they approached all other educational settings.  They do not make a distinction between a professor and a teacher.  For professors, this is an important distinction!   

Every year professors have the same complaints regarding students.  Professors wonder why students do not read the syllabus – because they don’t understand why it is important.  In order for students to succeed, they need to be introduced to the Mind of the Professor! 

This blog explores some very old complaints that professors have about students.  I will explore complaints and explain why the professor has this complaint and what students can do to make interactions with their professors more successful.

I hope if you are having difficulty with a professor, you will post to this blog and I and my colleagues will try to assist you in resolving the issue!

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