The key to surviving college is to make a connection with your teachers! Your teachers have the power to give you an “A” or “D”. It is good to make a connection with them because you will be more comfortable asking them questions and that will help you to understand the work better. Another key to surviving college is TO DO YOUR WORK AHEAD OF TIME!! This is crucial if you want to stay on top of your grades. If something on a Wednesday but it is due on a Friday, do it on the day that you receive it and put it away. When you do this, you won’t feel under pressure to complete the assignment and you can sit back and relax while everyone else is biting the nails to get it done. This method also allows you to answer any questions about the assignment that you may have.
So I’m currently taking a course called “Introduction to Classroom Teaching” and let me just say, it has done nothing but confirm to me that I was meant to be a teacher. It delves into the psychology behind classroom management and the different theories of how the mind develops through a child’s school years. But it also has another aspect that has proven far more valuable to me: the “practicum” involves shadowing a teacher in their classroom at Brentwood Middle/High school. I was unaware of this when I registered for the class, and I don’t regret it in the slightest. Practically speaking, I’ve learned so much in just a short time watching a professional teacher work. More than that, it’s reminded me of why I first became interested in education: to pass the spark along. In my mind, there is nothing cooler than discovering a new way to look at a novel or uncovering a hidden layer of subtext in a piece of fiction. I’ve always admired the teachers who got excited for their job, and seeing this in the teacher I’m observing just makes me want to have my own classroom even sooner. If you’re considering whether or not the teaching profession is right for you, then I wholeheartedly recommend this course.
Ok, so I’m gonna pull out the transfer student card. Back home, teachers didn’t much care if you did well in class or not. Here, when you see teachers every day walking around or just in passing, you can’t help but form a relationship. They genuinely care how you do and are more than happy to work with you if you have issues.