Top Five Ways to Suck Up to Your Professor, #4



Yes, I realize it is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America– I give full attribution, but the motto applies just as well in the classroom as it does in life– be prepared to do your best.

Got a syllabus? Read it. Know what is expected of you. Got a textbook? Read what’s assigned, ahead of time so you’re prepared to ask questions for clarification. How do you know what you don’t know unless you know what you do? Got an assignment due? Be ready to hand it in on time. Buy a calendar, or use one of the numerous free ones on the internet. Start early so you have time to get help if you need it.

Sounds like a lot of work, huh? Be assured, I am prepared for you, every day and it’s a lot of work for me too. Keep in mind the words of James Baker, “Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.” Or if you prefer, Vince Lombardi, “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

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Tomorrow…#3 BE OPEN

3 thoughts on “Top Five Ways to Suck Up to Your Professor, #4

  1. Is reading the syllabus like reading the instruction manual? I wonder if there’s a gender bias. Do you find the girls read it and the guys don’t? Like asking for directions.

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