Most students suffer a common problem at school – that we have teachers that don’t explain things well, that are not very motivating, and that don’t give you much guidance. Some of them are really harsh as well. Some of them may be very biased, leaving other students in frustration and distress. So the question is, how to not let your “bad teacher” pull you down?
If your “bad teacher” doesn’t do a good job in teaching
You may then have to consider learning by yourself. This may sound horrifying, but it may not be as bad as soon as you start trying yourself. In fact, with the abundance of resources online, you can easily find notes and videos that are related to your topic.
- When having a bad teacher, active learning is necessary, and you are the one who can motivate yourself. Don’t feel demotivated because of having a bad teacher. Set up your own study timetable and follow your own schedule.
- Try to read through the textbook yourself before class. Give yourself an idea of what’s in the textbook, and mark down areas that you don’t understand. If the teacher can’t really explain those parts, you may need to do the following.
- Ask your friends when you are confused, and teach each other about the topic. Teaching others are often the best way to learn since you have to absorb the information first and analyze it then present it in an understandable way yourself.
- Search some videos and lectures on the topic. If you are doing SATs, GCSEs, A-levels, there are usually a lot of online resources or study guides available that do a great job in explaining and highlighting the details. Make sure you try to find these resources, they are going to help you a lot (especially when you don’t have a good teacher that can explain everything to you).
- Getting a tutor is also helpful if you are having a hard time with the subject. Tutors are often experienced in teaching (and are often more willing to teach). You can also ask them about some confusion you have.
- The key here is to understand what you don’t understand. A lot of students may get a bad grade when they have a bad teacher since without someone teaching them, they don’t even know what they don’t understand. They just find themselves lost and hence loose the motivation to learn bits by bits by themselves.
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If your “bad teacher” always criticizes you
Criticisms can be a good thing sometimes because they allow you to improve. Nonetheless, excessive criticisms would easily cause someone to lose confidence, and causes stress to them. It’s easily understandable that students are going to give up trying when they realize that the teacher isn’t going to appreciate their hard work anyway. But this, at the end of the day, is going to harm your education.
Remember, don’t let the criticisms bring you down. A lot of students would take teachers’ criticisms and words very seriously. When facing teachers who are quite harsh, they may lose self-esteem and believe that they are not good enough. This, however, would only demotivate you and cause you to do even worse in school. Here are two things you should do whenever you get harsh comments from teachers:
- Think about his/her advice and criticisms. Are they constructive comments or truthful comments that may be helpful? Are they really saying things that you ought to and should improve?
- Try to think about them in a positive way. Instead of focusing on the bad side of it (like how the teacher disliked you, or how poorly he/she teachers), think in a more optimistic way. Perhaps your teachers truly think that you can perform better, and wish you can get the most out of his/her course.
If you are still very concerned about your teacher’s remarks,
- Talk to your teacher. No matter how angry you feel, calmly talking to your teacher in private may be very helpful. Ask your teacher how you can do better in class, and what you can do to improve. Show your teacher that you have the determination and you are willing to work on your problems. Try to understand why your teachers criticize you at the first place.
- Teachers are usually more willing to teach you if you show that you are genuinely interested in making improvements. Make sure that you don’t just ask for an extension of the deadline. Show that you want to be a better student and that you highly value your education.
Don’t let a bad teacher discourage you, and pull down your grades or harm your perforamcne. You should actually perform better to show him/her that you have the ability and you are capable of more. Learn to take criticisms and react to negative or harsh comments in the right way. Be ready to take responsibility of your own education and actively self-learn whenever necessary. You can definitely survive through school with a bad teacher!