10 Things Every College Professor Hates

from Business Insider

I got this email from an Ivy League student when I arrived to give a speech. She was responsible for making sure that I was delivered to my hotel and knew where to go the next day:

Omg you’re here! Ahh i need to get my s–t together now lol. Jk. Give me a ring when u can/want, my cell is [redacted]. I have class until 1230 but then im free! i will let the teacher she u will be there, shes a darling. Perhaps ill come to the end of the talk and meet you there after. Between the faculty lunch and your talk, we can chat! ill take make sure the rooms are all ready for u. See ya!

To say the least, this did not make me feel confident that my visit would go smoothly.

I will use this poor student to kick off this year’s list of Professors’ Pet Peeves. I reached out to my network and collected some things that really get on instructors’ nerves. Here are the results: some of the “don’ts” for how to interact with your professor or teaching assistant. For what it’s worth, No. 2 was by far the most common complaint.

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130 Responses to 10 Things Every College Professor Hates

  1. Jason B. June 11, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    As a college student myself I thought that this article was very funny, but not very informative. I liked the sense of humor all throughout the article, but sentences that state that teachers don’t like it when students do not pay attention are nothing but common sense and make this article seem like a joke. If you are a college student and you were honestly surprised by any of these “informative” pet peeves, then I wish you the best of luck in your college career because you are going to need every bit of it in order to succeed. College is a business environment and if you do not treat it as such then you will fail. Now, I am not in any way suggesting that you cannot have fun in college, but when you are in class use your head and think before you act.
    Along with the 10 pet peeves in this article being common sense, I also found that a couple of them are very misleading. One of the “pet peeves” mentioned in this article was that teachers do not like it when students attempt to get a teacher to give them a better grade. This discourages students from confronting a teacher with grading discrepancies in their assignments. Teachers are only human and humans do make mistakes, so if you see that a teacher is marking all of your answers wrong when you know that they are right you should definitely ask why and attempt to get a better grade instead of just sitting back and accepting it. Some teachers also tend to grade papers solely based on their personal opinions, so if you are getting a failing grade for writing on the “wrong” side of a topic and you are being penalized for it do not hesitate to confront a teacher about it. Most teachers are terrific and are there to help you learn, but if a teacher is making it impossible to pass their class then you need to stand up for yourself instead of attempting to avoid setting off one of their “pet peeves”.

    • Joe Sada September 28, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

      Professors work very hard to get their degree and it takes a long time for them to get to the place they are in today. I get that, but they have to understand sometimes that we do not feel like sitting in a class and learning on that particular day or some of us are forced to come to college so we do not feel the need to pay attention or at least look like we do. I could only imagine the anger and frustration that they deal with when they see students packing up before the actual time. Just today, ninety percent of the class decided to pack up about five minutes early today and I sat there with my book and my pen out, waiting for my notes and to not anger my professor. It happens to them so much that they should get used to it or see it coming, but it still doesn’t stop the fact that it is very annoying to watch for them. Asking the professor if you missed anything important when you missed class is the funniest thing I hear when people miss class. Of course the professor thinks everything they speak about in the hour and a half lecturing is important, but to us, we might think otherwise is why we ask. I used to do that a lot when I was younger and miss class, I would go up to the teacher and ask if I missed anything important and they would share what I missed. It is not like that in college, you have to fight for yourself to find out what you missed. Getting mad at the critical feedback is understandable. If I got back a paper and there was red pen all over it, I would get mad at the professor for going so hard on my paper. I never thought about it like the way Wade put it which was, they give all these red marks because they care and see you have potential. It is a smart way to look at it, but college students and I would most likely get mad at the professor for writing all negative things on the paper. The last thing that I saw on this list was “don’t be too cool for school.” It is hard not to be tired during an hour and a half lecture. It gets boring when all you do is listen to the professor go on and on for that long. I start to slide down on my chair and even put the occasional head down for a moment to rest my head. I would understand why professors would hate that, but I would like them to be in our shoes and understand why we do what we do. Most students do not do these things to get the professor angry, they do it because it is needed for their back, they need to rush to class, or they feel not everything they say is important while lecturing. This article was humorous to me because now I know what professors are not fond of and will try to stop the behaviors because I make the professor not like me.

  2. Amardeep Mundi June 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    I wish I had this known this before! I unintentionally ALWAYS ask if there’s “anything important I missed” whenever I am absent. My intentions never were to come across as if the class is not important. I ask more to show that I am concerned about what was taught in my absence, and I want to do my best to make it up. Y doing so I always like to acknowledge to the professor that although I missed class, I would like to show the importance of the class by trying to make up the assignments of the class.
    In response to the “critical feedback” point, red marks all over my writing never made me angry. The only thing is sometimes; it did not come across as the professor taking interest in me. Sometimes, it comes across, as you are not being good enough. In instances when the professor tells you what you did wrong, but not how to fix it going forward, what should the student do? Although I understand, I believe positive reinforcement is good although not all people take criticism in a positive manner. Sometimes adding a positive remark at the end of the paper after the comments throughout would reinforce and encourage the student to fix there mistakes for the future therefore showing there potential and motivating the student.
    In regards “Don’t ask a question about the readings or assignments until checking the syllabus” I believe it is contradicting of the statement as we were always instructed or encouraged to ask questions and no question was a stupid question. Something meaningful to the professor might not be something similar or understood by the student. For example, not all classes and teachers have the same teaching style therefore, a student might want to verify and clarify instead of making a mistake. Although for a teacher it might by “death by those paper cuts on their end” for a student this effects there future and their grade deems a bigger impact. Some ways this could lessen the stress of a teacher would be to include forums in regards to assignments so students and the teacher can respond and ensure everyone is on the same page. Although it is understandable for the concerns of a teacher, I believe there are always pro’s and con’s in each situation.
    I think the intentions behind each action above are misunderstood from both sides. Maybe there should be a forum for students to communicate their concerns.

  3. Kaitlyn McCluskey September 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    This list is a mixture of funny and truth. Going through each professor “pet peeve”, I can really see how an instructor would get agitated with the way that some students act. Even as a student, I know that some things that other students do are disrespectful to the professor and I feel bad that they are working so hard to teach these students who do not give them the respect that they rightfully deserve day one.
    For starters, I hate when students talk to their teacher like they are “too cool” to be respectful. You know, those students who think it is funny to goof off and to say things that they think other students will laugh at, and sometimes do but the professor more than likely does not look at that student has someone who is going to take the course seriously, therefore leads them to not get the attention that they might need to do well in the class. There definitely are some professors out there who are laid back and they will give that vibe off on day one…but even then they are still in charge and they should always be respected.
    The second point that this article makes, I have been guilty of doing. I definitely have asked if I missed anything important before, and I know it’s the wrong way to word it but I don’t mean it in a way that it comes off. What I mean when I send that email is, is there anything particular that I should know about (i.e. due dates and work for the next class). I have quickly learned that it is more beneficial and less offensive to just ask a friend in the class to fill you in on what happened in class and then like the article said, drop by office hours if anything is unclear. I know that by asking this question, more specifically in those words, it probably comes off to the professor that we only want to know what, if anything, happened in class that is deemed “important”. When in reality, it is all important.
    As a student, I cannot stand when students pack up their things early. There are even students that regularly pack up once there is 15 minutes left in class. This particularly confuses me because a lot can happen in 15 minutes I don’t understand why someone thinks it makes sense to put away their things that early. I have actually seen some of these students then have to take their things back out because they realize there is still more notes to be written down. What was the point? It totally confuses me. And not for nothing, the noise of people packing up while I am still trying to listen to the professor drives me crazy. I can’t even imagine what it feels like being the one talking and having to hear and see students packing up trying to get a head start out of the class.
    In high school, it is a lot more understandable for students to ask questions about assignments because sometimes instructions are verbally given and you want to make sure you are completing it correctly. But in college, syllabi saves lives. For any given class, the syllabus is where you will find anything you need to know about the course. I will admit, I have taken a class or two thus far and have been given a bare minimum syllabus that really does not explain assignments, so then I understand asking questions. But I can definitely see how annoying it would be for a professor to be asked a question that is clearly stated or explained in great detail in the syllabus. Looking at those packets on day one, you can tell how much work is put into making those clear and helpful…so I always check the syllabus and websites/blackboard for information before I ask questions.
    Item 7 cracks me up because I know students who do this. They see the paper requirements and they instantly try to play with the margins or spacing or font sizes to try to make the paper requirements easier to fulfill. When I heard and saw students doing this for the first time it actually surprised me that students don’t think teachers notice. When grading assignments, professors do paper after paper. Obviously they are going to see when your paper looks slightly different than the rest. And then you just made yourself look really silly.
    “Don’t be too cool for school” is one of my favorites because every year and every class, there is always at least one student who just thinks they are too cool to be there. I often wonder why they even waste their time. Or even those students who sit on their computers watching sports or on their phones or doing other work. I find it so rude and offensive, even just being another student. I try my best to maintain eye contact with the professor so they know that I am internalizing what they are saying and I am actually engaged in learning. It is a habit that I have gotten into and I can tell professors really appreciate it because they usually maintain eye contact back, because not many other students are looking. All in all, I really wish more students realized how much work and effort is put in by professors and how much they really do deserve respect and undivided attention.

  4. Mike Serritella September 30, 2016 at 12:28 am #

    As a TA myself I do find so many of these things annoying because so many of my students actually do all these things and it annoys me to no end. I get so many emails with grammar mistakes and non-formal emails and it drives me crazy. As a college student your professor is not your friend and they should not be talked to as such. Being a college student as well its really funny to see this because I use to do this a lot to my professors and they would get annoyed. While I did get a laugh out of this article I did not really find it this informative and rather suggestions that a college student could do. While these are just pet peeves of professors and things not to do it may mislead some to think that this is what is necessary to get an A. Professors have worked extremely hard to get where they are but they must understand that some students will do these things some times. I myself am guilty of writing an essay where I fluffed up an intro and a conclusion because I did not know what to write about but I think everyone is because it’s the only thing to do when you don’t know what to talk about. High school and college are two different things and I know in high school I use to mess around with my font and would change the layout to make my page’s look longer than they actually were but that’s every student because we were on the long road to becoming professionals. School is a learning process that everyone has strengths and weaknesses in and I’m not sure why these things annoy teachers so much.

    I think professors really need to understand that people have bad days and don’t want to be seen as “to cool for school” but rather they are having a bad day and may have snippy remarks or even not want to engage in the classroom. I know when my students have a bad day they do this but they do apologize after class or tell me in advance. I don’t really see what the problem is with asking what they missed during class, they were not present during the class so how would they know? Sure they can ask a classmate and they can get misinterpreted information but it’s the best to go to the professor because they know the material and have studied it for some time. What really bothered me about this is that the article says to not ask questions about readings or assignments until checking the syllabus, that to me is the worst thing to do because if you do not ask questions you won’t know the right answers and will have so many questions. I know if I read my syllabus and double check something sometimes I still don’t understand it so I always ask. I think if a professor is bothered by a student asking a question they need to really think about their job because some people may not get it. Every student grasps concepts differently and I know that I need to be 100% clear on something before I actually understand it so I ask a lot of questions and for some of my teachers it annoys them. I was always asking questions when I was in high school and I ask questions now, all these things on the list in the article I did and its honestly something every student does. Every student at one point or another do these things so that they can better themselves for future educational purposes and learn more. I really don’t agree with this article because an academic is a journey that everyone will go on and yes you will make these mistakes they are part of the life and something that should not bother professors because they should be more understanding.

  5. Jason Salazar September 30, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    As I read the list, I actually found many things that professors do find as “pet peeves.” Many times you can tell during the first few classes you have what your professor likes or what the professor does not like. This article starts off with how an Ivy League student emailed a professor. The email showed that the student did not properly care about how she wrote the email. She wrote it as if she was talking to another friend of hers. That is one thing that really cannot be done at an academic level. Students must show respect to their professors or elders. I have been in a couple of occasions where I have seen a student disrespect a professor. To me that is unacceptable, they are there to help the students get an education. All students should at least show respect to any professor they have.
    I have actually done some of these things on the list myself. I never thought that it would be something that the professors would get annoyed about, but now that I think of it there are other options that I could have done. For example, I have asked some professors if I missed anything important from class. I did not want to say that it was not important but just want to make sure if the professor introduced something new announcement or change in something. I usually ask a classmate if they have the notes the next time I attend class. Another thing on the list is students tend to pack up things before the class actually ends. I have to admit, I do this sometimes because I feel like sometimes the professors do not really care about it. I have had one class that the professor made it clear it was disrespectful to pack up while the class is still going on. I can see how it can be disrespectful, so I try my best to back after the professor has ended the class. The fourth pet peeve on the list is checking the syllabus before asking the professor. This is something I believe many student do. I know that there is a syllabus but sometimes I feel like it will make me feel more secure if I were able to hear it from the professor instead. That is something that is wrong because the professor did make the syllabus for a reason. It is not there just to have for the first class and throw out. I try to check the syllabus first then do the assignments, but sometimes I feel the syllabus is not up to date and that it can change so I ask questions sometimes. The last pet peeve is the students in class that make it seem like they are always bored. I have witnessed many of these students in my class. I see many just on their laptop surfing the web or doing other things than focusing on class. I try not to focus on it but it does annoy me at times. Sometimes I wonder why bother coming to class if they are going to have that type of attitude. That can be very disrespectful to the professor. It can make them feel like the certain students are not taking them seriously. If the students are paying for this education they should value it and take full advantage of their chance to learn something new. Most of these pet peeves are understandable. Students need to realize that many professors feel this way and they should do their best to stay away from many of these pet peeves.

  6. Daniel Cooper September 30, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    Pet peeves are always one of those things that that people do not a friend doing to them at any time. I think it is important that students should get to know their professors and know what they do and do not like. That can start a trust between everyone and make the class run smoothly. Reading this list there are some that have said to my teachers professor since I can remember. The first one is “did I miss anything important” I can see as an educator that every they teach is important. Many of students do not see every assignment or lecture as important. I mainly asked if it was important to see when the test is or a project that was assigned. Next time I miss a class, I will ask when they are available to talk about the missed class or go to a classmate to get the notes.
    Packing up before the end of class is one thing I do in certain classes. If the class dragging along, I tend to do this because I do not want to be there any longer than I have to. The professor may not like the students doing this but I only tend to do this in a two hour class. Once I heard “we are going to stop here”, it is like the last thirty seconds of a football game, and the team with ball just took a knee to end the game. The clock may have ten seconds left, but all the players are shaking hands.
    Do not ask a question with a without checking the syllabus, I do that with every class. I don’t remember the last time I checked a syllabus then asked a question. It is one of those things I always forget to do. The only time I do check the syllabus is when an assignment is due not where and how I should submit it. The funny thing is that I have two questions in this class and both answers were check ShannonWeb.
    Being too cool for school, that is not one of qualities. In college I started sitting the back because entire time in high school I was always in the front couple of seats because of my last name. In class that is more boring than another, I tend to sit in the front. This makes me pay attention and I feel it is helping me learn. I have learned in psychology that many teachers grade depending on your attitude and personality. The professor told that the writing and speaking assignments teachers tend to give a few points or overlook mistakes if the teacher likes you. I tend in every class to get on a friendly advice with the teacher in order to get the most out of class and maybe get a little bit of help by being friendly with the teacher. I understand that most teachers and professors value learning. Everything that humans do besides breathing is learned. Watching my nephew grow up for the last three years, he had to learn how to eat solid food and talk. Now he being potty trained. Learning is the most important part of every human.

  7. Matthew Marinella September 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    The transition from high school to college is a difficult transition for most people. Not only are you having to move away to be on your own but, you are breaking away from your old customs and routines that you had in high school. The difference that needs to happen from high school to college is maturity. A lot of college students are adjusting from their juvenile tendencies and transitioning into adulthood. College is where the final transition of maturity takes place. The list of “10 Things Every College Professor Hates” is a great representation of the immaturity that a good amount of college students are guilty of.
    Surprisingly, some of the pet peeves mentioned don’t just bother professor. As a student (a mature one I like to think) they bother me as well. The one that stood out the most to me was, “3. Don’t pack up your things as the class is ending”. This by far is what gets under my skin the easiest. Packing up early, is not only an example of immaturity but it is just plain rude. Is some material class boring and would I love to get out sometimes as soon as I can? Yes of course I’ve experienced that feeling. Nevertheless, you still don’t show that to your professor that is straight up disrespectful. Professors are aware everything they teach isn’t necessarily exciting but, it is important. At the end of class I find that very important things are stated. For instance, the last two minutes a professor will say information about homework, upcoming test and quizzes, or even clarify something that happened previously in class. All of these things carry great importance and these are things students can miss by packing up early. How can anyone hear these important things if everyone is zipping and unzipping their bags?
    Something that needs to happen is that students need to treat their professor as if they were an employer. You would hand in your best quality of work to your boss and would speak and act in a proper manner around your boss as well. I think part of the problem is students coming into college treat professors like their high school teachers. In high school, you could get away with immaturity and laziness. In college, students have to realize it’s a whole new ball game. Your work in college becomes more challenging and expectations on that work go higher than they’ve ever been in their academic career. This is a major adjustment and is something that takes time. A lot of the point made in this article I saw all the time my first year of college. As I go into my second year I see less and less of these things happening. It takes some time to adjust to the college life. Until the adjustment is met students will continue to be guilty of committing the things on this list.
    College professors are there for the students and helping them further their education. The reason they took the job is to help better the future of America. They have a great amount of wisdom and experiences that they can pass on. More students need to realize how lucky they are to have these people in their lives. The least that students can do is show more respect because professors deserve nothing but that. Professors only want the best from their students. They see the untapped potential in so many of the young minds they teach. Students need to stop being “too cool for school” mature up, and get ready for adulthood because it is right around the corner.

  8. Joselito Abarca September 30, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    Professors have studied strenuously to obtain a degree and should be addressed appropriately. If they hold a doctoral degree, they should be addressed as Doctor. Many professionals will become agitated if not addressed properly. It takes many years of study and research to get this level of expertise. The email sent by the Ivy League student is disrespectful and should not be used when talking to any professional. The student wrote it as if she was talking to a friend. When emailing someone who will be giving a speech or attending an event, it should be written in an appropriate matter because you are representing the school. If I would have received that email, I probably would not show up. One of the things that infuriate professors is when students pack up early. Everything in college is important, therefore you should not ask a professor this question. I am guilty of doing this. An alternative would be to ask a fellow classmate or look at the syllabus. I am also guilty of fluffing when I need to fill up space in order to fulfill a requirement. It understandable that there are classes that are boring. However, in the real world, if you are in a meeting and decided to leave because you are bored, you might as well start packing your stuff. Professors should be treated as an employer. Professionalism should begin in college. All the material being taught in class will be beneficial in the future, especially if it is a class that pertains to your major. Professors took on the job because they want to educate students and help them become members of society. It is important to accept critical feedback because professors want their students to excel in their academic career. In high school a student might have been the smartest kid, but college is a different ballgame. Being “too cool” for school will not have any positive impact on your career. If this remains your mindset, you should have never enrolled at an institution of higher education. It is a waste of time, money and space. If you are watching videos or playing games during class, you distract others from learning. It becomes annoying to those in your surroundings. Professors are a great network and in the future they can help you land a job. It is important to visit the professor’s office hours in order to build a great relationship. When speaking to a professor, it is important to talk and email them professionally. Instructors are not your friends, therefore students need to act as if them in the workplace. In every class, I sit in the first row, I am able to concentrate better and teacher notices when students are fully engaged. By actively participating in class, this can also help you in the long run. I have had professors who have raised my grade because I was always in class answering and asking well thought questions. During the last couple of minutes in class, important information is announced such as an upcoming due date, homework, test etc. I enjoyed reading the article and got some laughs from it. Now, I know things that I should avoid because they are pet peeves.

  9. Joseph Padula September 30, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

    Even though I believe that the list of things college professors hate can go on forever, this list concisely sums up the ten most universal ‘pet-peeves’. Currently as a college student, I am sadly guilty of at least one of the listed ‘pet-peeves’, which was packing up before the end of class. The majority of the time I understand that to be respectful to the teacher or to whoever is speaking I must refrain from packing up earlier to give that individual my undivided attention. Although it is very disrespectful to the professor, sometimes after a very long day or an extremely difficult class the only thing on your mind as a student is to go back to your dorm and relax. Even though this is not the right mindset to have, I am only human and I know I have to work on this to ensure I am not ruining my professors image of me due to the fact I cannot wait five extra minutes to listen what the teacher has to say.
    Furthermore, I am a member of the Leadership Development Honors Program at Seton Hall and some of the fundamental skills we learn help us avoid making the mistake to performing these hated traits by professors. The first listed ‘pet-peeve’ that I was very surprised to see was “Don’t use unprofessional correspondence” due to the fact that I have never treated a professor with anything other than respect and professionalism. The students that treat their professors more as friends from home than authority figures are going receive a huge reality check when they start working in the real world because individuals who understand and exhibit respect to others get recognized by their employers and their co-workers a lot more. This is imperative to have a good reputation at the workplace to allow you the opportunity to get promoted or other amazing opportunities to further your professional career. If there is one thing that the Program and my internships in the past have taught me is that you cannot burn any bridges because you never know if somewhere down the line you run into someone that has a poor image of you.
    Additionally, professors know that you can add extra words and fluff, but they want you to get to the point. Some teachers tell the student to keep their papers to only 1-2 pages because when told to write 3-5, students fabricate arbitrary things just to meet the page limit. This is especially demonstrated in college applications. Questions ask students what they want to be in life, why they want to dedicate the next 4 years to a school, all under 150 words. This forces students to stop adding fluff and extra wording and just get straight to the point. That is why numerous teachers assign critical thinking assignments to ensure their students are having a deep understanding of the material without simply putting words on a paper to meet the minimum requirement.
    To better myself as a student and as an emerging adult in society I must work harder to ensure I do not succumb to making these mistakes listed in this article. By focusing on not committing these acts will allow me to maintain a good reputation in the eyes of others and increase my network of co-workers. It is needless to say that these two factors, a good reputation and an increased network, will open the doors to countless job opportunities and even better learning experiences. All this is possible by simply having common sense and respecting the authority figures in an individual’s life.

  10. Mike Mondelli October 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

    Dr. Wade’s article concisely and humorously summarizes the biggest pet peeves of teachers at all levels, not just college. Most of the items mentioned on this list should not come as a surprise to any students attending college. For example, every student should know that “futzing” with paper formatting will never fool a seasoned college professor. They read hundreds of papers per semester and they are able to notice even the tiniest adjustments to the formatting. Also, if I am not sure when an exam is or when an assignment is due I always consult the syllabus before asking the professor. One thing that had me shaking my head while reading the article is the fact that an Ivy League student would write such an unprofessional email to a college professor. This relates to the first point mentioned by Dr. Wade, which is “Don’t use unprofessional correspondence.” Just because someone is a student at an Ivy League school does not give them the right to talk to professionals as if they were their friends. The fact that the email contained texting-style acronyms and improper grammar is bad enough, but the use of profanity is absolutely unacceptable. A college professor should always be treated as an authority figure. Even though the student did not have Dr. Wade as a professor, she is still a student and students need to treat college professors with respect.

    As a college student I will admit that I am guilty of some of the items on this list, especially number three: “Don’t pack up your things as the class is ending.” On Tuesdays and Thursdays I take three 90 minute classes from 9:45 in the morning to 4:20 in the afternoon. By the end of the day I want to go home and relax after sitting still and listening to professors talk all day. After reading this article I now understand how packing up in a hurry can hurt the professor’s feelings. I need to show a little more patience at the end of class and make sure that I am not missing anything important. At the same time, however, professors also need to respect the time of their students by actually ending class on time. There have been times during my college career where some professors insist on lecturing at least three or four minutes after the end of class over. In this situation, I always feel terrible about leaving before the professor finishes the lecture, but sometimes I have no choice. Three or four minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but most students at my university only get 10 precious minutes in between classes. Professors need to realize that college students are busy people and oftentimes they have other commitments such as other classes, job interviews, and club meetings that they cannot be late to. Some professors keep track of each time a student is late which could negatively affect their grade in that particular class.

    As for the last item on the list: “Don’t be too cool for school”, I completely agree with Dr. Wade. College students are in school because they want to earn that degree and find that job. Students do not pay large amounts of money to simply sit in the back of the room and look bored for 90 minutes. Every college or university has core requirements that all students must take and it is understandable that some students are not interested in all of their courses. However, it is common courtesy to at least pretend to care during class. College professors dedicate their time to preparing lecture notes and helping students succeed. It is the student’s responsibility to hold up their end of the deal and give the professor their undivided attention during the lecture.

    Overall, this article served as a wake-up call to me as a student. Dr. Wade’s article was an enjoyable read because college students very rarely get to see a college professor’s perspective. It made me realize that I need to change some of my behaviors during class. During my last two years of college and beyond, I will remember the points made in this article both in class and in the professional workplace.

  11. Emily M October 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    I think this article is such a good one because it describes everything that most students do and everything that those students should actually do. All students have been guilty of doing at least one of those things. Those are just natural habits of students, but students should stop and think about their professor before doing these acts. Students should not treat their professors like their friends, but the problem is that there are some professors that will treat students like their friends. Those few professors who do this, ruin it for all of the other professors. I have had a professor in the past who treated his students like friends and even told his class to call him by his first name.
    I definitely agree that it is very rude to ask a professor what you have missed when you were absent. I would never do that. I make sure I have at least one person’s number from that class and contact them asking what I missed in class. Packing up as the class is ending is one thing that most students including myself do. Students see that it is the time that class ends and start packing up their books and get ready to go to the next class. I see this happen in all of my classes almost every day. I understand that teachers work hard on the syllabus, but sometimes students don’t realize that the question they are about to ask their professor is in the syllabus. Also a lot of times professors will not fully follow the syllabus or the syllabus will say it is subject to change.
    I don’t understand why students get angry when professors give feedback on their assignments and papers. I never do because I understand that there are just trying to help. I completely understand why number seven is on this list. Students can get very creative on how to make their papers look long when a professor gives a requirement on how long a paper has to be. I have heard of students who tried to make margins look bigger, spacing bigger, or who repeat things they have already said. I understand that a professor would be upset if a student is always acting like he is too cool for school and never pays attention. I don’t think they should be upset if a students was sitting in the back, not paying attention, or doodle the whole class one time. Students sometimes have a bad day or have a lot happening in their lives that their professors do not know about. I think this article can misrepresent professors because not all professors are the same and these pet peeves might not apply to every professor. Overall, I liked this article and thought it could be helpful for college students.

  12. Josh Luchon February 17, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    There is a fine line between being a respectful student and being a full out “brown noser.” In my opinion, professionalism is the most important thing to keep in mind when interacting with a professor or teaching assistant. I also believe that it is difficult for some college freshmen to leave their high school senior mentalities behind. It is important to remember that high school teachers went to school to be teachers, where as college professors, for the most part, did not. Most professors went to school to get a job in their desired field and came back to academia to share their knowledge and experiences. Professors are not there to be your friends; you are paying them for their specific sets of skills and expertise. All of this is not to say that you shouldn’t maintain a relationship with your professors outside of class, but it is important to know your place.

    All ten of the “things professors hate” can be attributed to a lack of respect and professionalism. The first example of the email littered with errors is just an example of disrespect. The general rule of thumb for communicating with professors or teaching assistants is to talk to them like you would your boss. I can’t imagine an employee sending curse words and “lol” to their boss would keep their job for very long.

    Another common example of disrespect in the classroom is packing up before being dismissed. It is the equivalent of turning your back on someone in the middle of a conversation and walking away. That said, it is very easy to be influenced by the rest of the class doing the notebook shuffle, but nonetheless it is not only disrespectful but also super annoying.

    One of the examples brought up by the author that I see all the time is acting “too cool for school.” There are countless instances of people coming up to me after a class saying things like
    “Man that class is awful” or “I totally bombed that test, I didn’t even study.” Things like that always make me laugh because I assume people say such things to impress me, but I see right through it. I could not possibly fathom spending $50k a year to slump in the back of the class while pretending to be uninterested. Maybe I’m a nerd but I really enjoy the classes I take and rightfully so because I’m paying obscene amounts of money to take them. Not only is it disrespectful to act like the professor is getting in the way of a nap, but it is a huge waste of money.

    I have also experienced friends and classmates complaining to me about negative feedback. People always take it personally when their work is ripped to shreds, but I see it as a learning opportunity. (Most) Professors do not sit around criticizing their students’ work purely for their enjoyment. If a professor takes the time to find and justify flaws in something I turn in, chances are it was my fault for making the mistake, not their fault for exploiting it. College is a place where you should learn and grow as a person and as a student, not a place to get mad when you find out you’re an imperfect human being like the rest of us.

    As much as I try to be professional in the classroom setting, there is a time and place for everything. I don’t think there is ever a time when it is appropriate to send an email to a professor that mirrors something you just texted your best friend, but there are respectful ways to have relaxed conversations. Personally, I’m a fan of going to office hours or having conversations after class to build relationships with my professors without annoying my classmates. No one likes those students who are clearly trying to score some brownie points with the professor through insincere comments. I think as long as you are respectful, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to use your professors as resources both in and out of class.

  13. Caroline Massa February 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    My first reaction to “10 Things Every College Professor Hates” is that the tone of the article is a little harsh. I know that teaching is a tough job, having to deal
    with students who constantly say and do annoying things on a daily basis must be very frustrating. By the time students reach college there is an expectation that they have learned how to act and speak appropriately to their instructor, but often students fall short of what their professor expects. College is a place for learning, experiencing new things and developing independence. It does not always come easy to everyone, the learning curve can be very different depending on the individual. Some people need to be told several times to do or not do something before it starts to sink in. This is part of the learning process though and as annoying as it, professors need to understand that most students are trying their best. As I read over the list I saw several things that I do or have done not thinking that it could be something that gets on a professors’ nerves. I believe I would be most guilty of the “don’t pad your introductions and conclusions with fluff”. It is not something that I do on purpose but unfortunately may just be the way I am writing or understanding the assignment. In the end if the professor believes it is fluff then I am the one that will have to pay the price with a poor grade. In other words, no need for the professor to get angry, it is just something that a they need to let me know so that I can address it next time. I guess this is my problem with the article’s tone, that as students we need direction and if we are offending the professor with one or more of these complaints then we just need to be told. In other words sometimes it is not intentional and students are not aware of the problem until it is explained to them.

    A professor’s job is to teach their students not only the subject matter in which they are learning, but to help students grow and mature by sharing their knowledge and experience. Every professor has an opportunity to enhance a student’s life by teaching in a positive and memorable way that may leave a lasting impression. Students need to know when they are doing something that is unacceptable, whether it is writing a correspondence, report or not acting appropriately. Most students have grown up in a world of digital communication and as a result there is a problem with proper usage and grammar in their messages. This is a valid concern and one that every student must be coached on, especially relevant as they graduate and enter the work force. What may seem very oblivious to a professor is not always interpreted the same by students. Please do not assume that students realize they have “a too cool for school look” on their face. There can be many reasons behind someone’s looks and manners. What they project may not necessarily be the image that they are intending to portray. Some of the other issues are more etiquette related, and I can understand how these actions could be annoying. From now on I will wait until the end of class before gathering my belongings as I am guilty of this crime. I guess I just never considered that a professor would mind these actions but I do get that it could be distracting. In the end, I believe most students in college are trying their hardest to learn and present their best self to professors. Everyone has their good days and bad, and this applies for both professors and students. So let’s give each other a break and not “hate” things that we all do, but rather work together to break annoying habits.

  14. Andrew Imbesi March 2, 2017 at 4:18 am #

    One of my high school history teachers told my class that the syllabus is the most important part to any college class. She would assign a syllabus at the beginning of each unit so the whole class was on the right track for the entire unit. Ironically, while I had Mrs. Floyd, she became teacher of the year. My transition into college classes was much smoother than anticipated thanks to my prior experience with syllabi.
    Transitioning over from high school, college is much different. Total weekly class time in high school is more than two times longer than total weekly class time in college, and high school students receive a lighter workload than college students do. However, one of the most significant transitions when crossing over from high school to college is the shift from teachers to professors.
    Professors are no joke, interacting with a professor is a student’s first test to see if they can interact with professionals in the future. Professors are by far much more demanding, but they are only this way so they can help their students excel. College professors do what high school teachers cannot: prepare students to work. There is a reason why college graduates potentially earn $1 million more income than high school graduates do and that is because college education is greatly valued in America. Professors do a great job at keeping their students motivated and on the right track.
    However, there is only so much that the average person can handle. Having to deal with many students, college professors become exhausted quickly. Many of the quirks that college professors have with their students correlate to professionalism. Professors expect students to act like adults in college. There are many times I wish I can go back to looking like I was ten years old but now I am eighteen with a lot on my plate. As I begin to build a career and network my way into the future, I must consider my reputation. If I want to be viewed as a professional, I must act like one. The college professor wants their students to be individuals that strive for professionalism.
    College professors also do not like reading the same paper repeatedly, which is why everyone is usually assigned a different prompt. College professors are just like students, they are always seeking for more information. I know college professors look to me for insight, they would not read my papers if they did not want my insight. Professors do want to hear what their students have to say, but they also want them to be professional.
    Remembering this list will help me create lasting impacts on my professors. Class after class, there is nothing more I desire than the respect of a professor. People can call me a teacher’s pet all they want but I am far from that. Each day, I do my best to put in the work I need to put in in order to reach my desired goals. By relating to my professors in and out of the classroom, I have found my student-professor relationships to be outstanding. With keeping a professional reputation in mind, gaining the appreciation of a college professor can be much simpler.

  15. Anthony Laverde March 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    The biggest reason college is so much more different that high school is because the responsibility shifts. It is no longer the teachers responsibility to teach, it is now the student’s responsibility to learn. In comparison to college, high school teachers are much to lenient on their students, and this is forming bad habits that makes the transition into college a harder one for students. The teaching styles is not the only difference, as the entire concept of college is much different from high school, as highlighted here:


    This drastic shift in the way getting an education works can lead to students to struggle in the classroom. In high school, teachers were encouraged to form relationships with their students and be an outlet of support to them. However in college, the relationship between professors and their students is much more professional, since instructing is only part of their job requirements. This can be offsetting to students, whom have no prior knowledge as to how this works. Although things like the syllabus do clearly outline the responsibilities of the student, we cannot blame students for not knowing things they’ve never had to do before.


    The above pdf details the top 10 reasons why college students struggle. #1 explains that many student could coast through high school and still overachieve academically, which is no the case in college. This needs to change, and it needs to start in the high school level. Many AP courses in high school, including ones that I took, actually ran similar to college courses I take now. This could be a step in the right direction in terms of preparation. The work does not need to be as difficult, but they could demand a high level of responsibility from their students so that they can better acclimate when they enroll in college.

  16. Cameron Collier March 2, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    As a college student myself I thought that this article was very funny, but not very informative. I liked the sense of humor all throughout the article, but sentences that state that teachers don’t like it when students do not pay attention are nothing but common sense and make this article seem like a joke. If you are a college student and you were honestly surprised by any of these “informative” pet peeves, then I wish you the best of luck in your college career because you are going to need every bit of it in order to succeed. Professors work very hard to get their degree and it takes a long time for them to get to the place they are in today. I get that, but they have to understand sometimes that we do not feel like sitting in a class and learning on that particular day or some of us are forced to come to college so we do not feel the need to pay attention or at least look like we do. I wish I had this known this before! I unintentionally ALWAYS ask if there’s “anything important I missed” whenever I am absent. My intentions never were to come across as if the class is not important. I ask more to show that I am concerned about what was taught in my absence, and I want to do my best to make it up. Y doing so I always like to acknowledge to the professor that although I missed class, I would like to show the importance of the class by trying to make up the assignments of the class. As I read the list, I actually found many things that professors do find as “pet peeves.” Many times you can tell during the first few classes you have what your professor likes or what the professor does not like. This article starts off with how an Ivy League student emailed a professor. The email showed that the student did not properly care about how she wrote the email.
    One of my high school history teachers told my class that the syllabus is the most important part to any college class. She would assign a syllabus at the beginning of each unit so the whole class was on the right track for the entire unit. Ironically, while I had Mrs. Floyd, she became teacher of the year. My transition into college classes was much smoother than anticipated thanks to my prior experience with syllabi. By the time students reach college there is an expectation that they have learned how to act and speak appropriately to their instructor, but often students fall short of what their professor expects. College is a place for learning, experiencing new things and developing independence. It does not always come easy to everyone, the learning curve can be very different depending on the individual. There is a fine line between being a respectful student and being a full out “brown noser.” In my opinion, professionalism is the most important thing to keep in mind when interacting with a professor or teaching assistant. I also believe that it is difficult for some college freshmen to leave their high school senior mentalities behind. It is important to remember that high school teachers went to school to be teachers, where as college professors, for the most part, did not. Remembering this list will help me create lasting impacts on my professors. Class after class, there is nothing more I desire than the respect of a professor.

    • Olivia Tarnawska March 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

      Like Cameron stated, I do also think that the article provided more humor rather than information. It states quite obvious points in my opinion, that a college student should already be aware of. It was funny to read when Cameron wrote “If you are a college student and you were honestly surprised by any of these “informative” pet peeves, then I wish you the best of luck in your college career because you are going to need every bit of it in order to succeed.” That is so true. I remember taking my first college 8 am class with an English professor who would constantly re-iterate how his pet peeve was when students would come late to class. He would have no problem with those students who sit in the back and don;t pay attention because when it comes time to executing a test, they’re going to be the ones who are screwed over. Though, his pet peeve with lateness made sense. I often think to myself how certain students can constantly show up 15-20 minutes late to a lecture and not feel stupid. Not only is is disrespectful to cause a distraction, but is also disrespectful when it is constantly done. I treat going to class as if I was going to work. Bosses never want employees to come late or unprepared to work, and neither to professors. It just shows a lack of unprofessional-ism in my opinion. So I always understood where my professor was coming from.
      Also one thing that stood out to me was when the article states that a student should not get mad for receiving critical feedback. It is totally understandable, yet having been a student in that position, makes it hard for the criticism not to hit home sometimes. I always put my hardest effort into completing an assignment to the best of my ability, and when a professor recognizes the faults, it does have an effect. But that is something I have learned throughout the years to accept, and grow from too. There is always room for improvement, and that is something I like to live by.
      Lastly, fussing with paper formats is another lesson I have learned. Being required to write a 15 page paper a few semesters ago, I was struggling with finding information or adding in words in order to meet that minimum. I thought of a brilliant idea which was to make the periods a bit bigger. This sounds crazy, but the amount of periods that go into a 15 page paper seem never ending, plus it indeed does shift the paper to take up more space. Lucky with that little trick I was able to complete the paper, and refrain from getting caught. Although I would never do more that alter the size of a comma, it was humorous to read that fussing with paper format had made it to the 10 things Every College Professor Hates.

  17. Juan Landin March 3, 2017 at 9:14 am #

    This article was very interesting and made me think a lot, it made me think as if I were a professor and how I would react to students doing these things. I also thought about how professor reacted and felt because I have done some of these.
    I can understand how professors become frustrated with students who are not professional while communicating. While it is important to be comfortable with your professor, one must know the line. It is also important to communicate accordingly because the students are adults now; they need to learn how to communicate professionally if they wish to succeed in whichever job field they choose to enter. This is an important skill to possess and is why students need to learn before they graduate.
    Asking if they missed something important will drive me crazy too. This is not high school where we would watch movies or just sit around on any given day. This college, education that we pay for. Which means that every class is important and all material is vital. If a student is out, they need to find out what they missed and not ask because the information is important regardless. If you do not believe this then you will have a rough time in college and beyond.
    I have and still pack up my bags early when leaving a class. I know that it is rude but it is a habit as I have been doing it since high school. However, I know if I were a professor, it would make me angry. If they are packing up early, this usually means that we did not find the class enjoyable. Although, whether or not we find the class enjoyable should not matter, we should treat professors with the same respect we would want to be treated with.
    Many times, professors have already answered your questions; you just need to look for the answers. This is why professors make syllabuses, to answer any questions about the class that you need to know beforehand. The only reason a student should be asking a question whose answer is on the syllabus is if something on it has changed.
    I will admit, I sometimes get a little upset if I receive negative feedback on work that I believed I had done well on. In the end though, I know that this feedback will make me better and I should pay attention to it. Students who disregard feedback will continue to make the same mistake and it will cost them in the future.
    If I were a professor and students came to me for “help” but really just wanted to see if they can get their grade increased this would not upset me as much. This is because at least I know they, somewhat, care about their grade. Now they just need to be taught how to not be lazy and how to improve their grade by studying and doing the work.
    Messing with paper format would be as annoying to me as a teacher. Usually they will give us enough time to complete the paper, so why can some students not have the required amount done in time? If they messed with the format of the paper this probably means that they did it last minuet and the paper probably is not that well done.
    I am guilty of padding my intro and conclusions with fluff sometimes. Sometimes, to get to the page length requirement you have to expand somewhere. If I were a professor, I would not like fluff at all because I would want the student to get to the point of the paper and not waste my time. Although, I would rather it be in the intro and conclusion than the body because the body is where the most of the important info is.
    Sometimes I do get facts and opinions mixed up as they way some people word them confuses me. Though, this is no excuse if I am a professor. To me, a college student should be able to tell if a statement is an opinion or if it is a fact. This way, if they are in the real world at a job they will not mix the two when giving information to a manager or higher position person.
    The kids who sit in the back and do nothing are only hurting themselves. If I were a professor, it would upset me if that student does not pay attention and just sits there and does nothing. I would pull him aside and tell him that he is only hurting himself in the end and if he just wants to waste money and time by sitting there, go right ahead.

  18. Jiaqi Ma March 3, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    It is a humor article. I am thinking about how many things that I made in the preceding semester. I still recall that on my first semester. There was a class, which named by university life. During that class, my professor mentioned some points that are contained in the present essay. My professor said use professional correspondence. You should not say: hey, buddy, what is up! That will make your professor feel uncomfortable. Just like the essay said: “you do not wear pajamas to a job interview.” Actually, I think the reason that the professor does not like that way is they feel disrespectful. You are not part ofthe same age; therefore, you should show your respect to them and the class. I did the same things that mentioned in this essay are asking the professor: Did I miss anything important? Now, I have learned that there is a better way, which is getting notes from your classmates then send e-mail if you do understand some parts. Thinking in this way, if you are a professor, you still talking about: “For next time…” and yousaw your students were packing up their stuff. They cannot to leave my class. They just thought that my class was too boring to wait for leave. More badly, when they packing they did not pay much attention to your words. Therefore, they send you an e-mail and said: “Professor, what is our homework or what is essential during next week?” I have developed a good habit, which is check my e-mail every day and checking the syllabus firstly when I met some problems about my homework. In China, we do not use digital platform for teaching, so I do not have a habit of using a computer to check the syllabus and homework. I like the point that this essay mentioned: “Don’t get mad if you receive critical feedback.” It is difficult to do that. I received critical feedback and I resubmitted for three times. Nevertheless, it still did not meet my professor’s requirement. To be fair, I felt upset and frustrated. I was doing it very hard. Now I figured it out. The crucial part is communication with your professor. When you understand the view of professor, you will make a success. I did things that are number 8,9and 10. I got a very interesting phenomenon, which extinct in both china and America. Professor likes the students who sitting in front of the class. For me, I like to sit in front of the class; I feel I could communicate with the professor. Talking about education between China and America, the biggest difference between nations is American students always have a plan. They know what they want and set a goal to reach it. Most of Chinese college student are confused about the future. Furthermore, there is a strange phenomenon, which is some students in China after their graduation their careers are not suitable for their major. It leads to the waste of talent. In addition, our educational methods as we have heavy pressure of learning from primary school to high school, which is very different from America. It is very difficult to enter college. Once you pass the exam (college entrance examination), it is very easy to get a bachelor degree, which caused many students in college will not pay too much attention on study. I prefer America educational system. Focusing on college education is good to help students find their life goal and helping them to clear the direction of life.

  19. Matthew Talarico March 3, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    Articles that are comprised of lists are usually very inaccurate, because they are based on the opinions of a few writers. Not everyone always agrees with the lists, even the people who are subjects of the list. When I see an article like this, where the whole article is describing a list, I do not take them very seriously, since they are neither factual based nor accurate. Especially when they are on websites like Business Insider, I expect more from the list, and especially the company that publishes them. News outlets like Buzzfeed, which target teenagers and young adults with their informative lists, pointless news articles on things that do not matter, and fake news. Buzzfeed is the pinnacle of what the media should not be, and I do not understand how anything they do becomes popular.

    When reading this list, I found a few of them to be accurate, but the rest were things that I have not yet experienced. These lists are usually lists that are correlating to the experience of the author. Not everyone experiences what they have, simply because they have different professors, or they grew up in a different time and place. Another flaw I find in these lists is that not every professor is the same, and some things annoy some professors that others do not mind. In addition, adults who look down on students usually make up these lists. If a student came up with this list, it would probably be much more accurate, since professors do change over time and become accustomed to different types of students. These lists are only completely accurate for the people who write them. They only write them because they think they are funny because they find them all to be true, when in truth no one finds them funny.

    As another student pointed out, these articles are funny, but not very informative. They are funny in the sense that they can sometimes be relatable, and make the person think “that happens to me too!” These types of articles will never surpass what they currently are, because there are too many opinions and different types of people. These humorous articles should not be on Business Insider, which by the title, suggests that it should be on business, not comprised of some lists that can be found on Buzzfeed, which is even more of a joke.

  20. Isaiah Allen March 3, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    This article gave me an interesting perspective in terms of what professors expect out of their students. I have been a student for most of my life, so I have never taken some of these things into consideration. In her article, Lisa Wade discusses what professors may expect out of their students, and how they may feel on certain topics. Sometimes I think students forget that professors actually love to teach, and that they actually care about what they’re doing, and our success. Rather than just attaching a voice to a face, I think it is important to think about the human emotions of a professor and why they may think or act in a certain way. Some of the items on the lists I may have figured were on there, but some also grabbed by attention. A lot of them are based off of simple moral principles like, being honest and doing thorough work. For example, most students understand that they shouldn’t ask a professor to change their grade because we earn our grades, they are not given out. Instead if we are struggling we should be open to criticism and dedicated to focusing on what we can do to improve our performance in the future. The same goes for the formatting on our papers, and how trying to deceive a teacher only insults their intelligence and shows that we cannot be trusted. I felt that these ten things were generally based around the feelings and emotions of the everyday professor and how they expect their students to think. Most professors want their students to be academically independent, as they understand that college is much different from high school. Which means that students have to think differently, and become more responsible and pay close attention to important details. They don’t like laziness and really want us to work hard in order to make sure we are getting the most out of our education. This article particularly relates to this class because I believe that I have been more academically responsible in this class, than in any of my other courses. This is due to the fact that the answers to most of my questions are in the syllabus and I am expected to be self-reliant on my ability to stay up to speed. Professors want their students to know that they are not going to hold our hands and that the days of “one word answers” are over. College professors want us to be sure that we are aware of our surroundings and are engaged with what we are learning. The “list of things that every college professor hates”, just describes the morals and agendas that college professors abide by, and judge their students upon. They don’t want us to be simple minded, waste their time, or only think on the surface. They want us to go deep into our thoughts and think about how what they are teaching us, will apply to our lives in the future. As a student, I believe that if I were to always think like this, I could get better grades and really comprehend everything that I learn in all of my courses. This article gave me an interesting point of view, which I will to carry with me for the rest or my academic career.

  21. John Phillips March 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    College professors will be some of the most helpful people we will ever meet in our lives. As a college student, I try to speak with them as much as possible. I ask questions frequently, and most importantly, seek help from them if needed. They have lifetime’s worth of experience in many different fields, and have built networks unlike any other. This article shares ten things that professors dislike the most, some obvious, some funny, and some very interesting. I believe that professors must be treated with utmost respect, and we need to understand the work and dedication they put into educating us.
    The first thing they dislike is being treated unprofessionally. Too often, students treat professors with disrespect, they send emails as if they are fellow students. They do not properly address them, etc. I see this almost daily and I absolutely blows my mind that people are capable of showing such disrespect. This shows that some people truly do not understand professionalism, and I see this as a major issue. The next issue addressed in the article is more comical, but definitely true. Do not ask your professor if you missed anything important during an absence. The answer is always obvious, of course you did. College courses are not everyday so each day is vital to our education. Professors only have limited time and they try to get in as much as possible in a short time. The next one is one I also see every day, kids packing up their things before class ends. This shows you do not care and have a total lack of respect for three person soaking. The next one is do not ask questions about due dates when it is on the syllabus. This shows you lack the ability to read and think before asking a question. This is something seen too often in classes each day. The next one is very commandant get angry when receiving critical feedback. I see this each time we get grades back; students say, “I hate the professor” or that stupid, without understanding that they are trying to help you. The next one is do not grade grub. Do not beg the professor to change your grade or give you points because that just is not how things work. In the real world if you had an assignment and did it wrong, you could drastically hurt the company. They will fire you, not give you a “c”. This is something people must understand that they cannot do. The next two are very similar. What they are explaining is stop fluffing papers. Stop inserting unnecessary words, stop using irrelevant sentences, and formulate an argument. They have taught us the proper ways to write papers and yet, people still do not follow it. The next is always make the distinction between facts and opinions. Too often, people use facts as their opinions, and state their opinion as facts. This very dangerous, and due to the ways we all interpret different things you could leave somebody with the wrong impression. This article really shines light on how professors feel about certain things students do. All of these things are understandable, and if I were a professor, these things would bother me as well.

  22. John Zarro March 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    I found this article posted almost two and a half years ago by Lisa Wade titled “10 Things Every College Professor Hates” very truthful and reasonable. Lisa starts the article by displaying an email she received while on the way to her hotel. To say the least, the email seemed as if it were going to a friend and not a professor. I feel as if Lisa starts with the email to show how students attempt to interact with their professors along with the incorrect way to do so. Lisa says the email made her feel uncomfortable and unprofessional which is not how a professor should feel.

    Now, Lisa goes into her “pet peeves”. The first “thing” professors hate is when students communicate unprofessionally with their professors. Students need to realize the boundaries that lie in between a professor and a student. I was well aware of this reason, therefore I communicate with my professors using the upmost respect. Number 2 being to never as a professor if you “missed anything important” is obvious in my eyes, but less important than the first reason. Professors almost never waste time and by missing their class, one usually misses a lot. By saying, “Did I miss anything? “is like questioning the relevance of attending the class. Something I have a habit of is packing u[p my things as class ends which happens to be number three on the list. I understand it is rude and disrespectful, but in the student’s defense, they are always on the move to either the next class or something else important. I know I am always in a rush and those ten seconds could be the time it takes me to save a paper in a folder. Number four is obvious as well. Usually most answers to basic questions could be found on the syllabus or assignment so until one reads both there is no sense to ask any questions because they can most likely be answered. A lot of students and people have issues with constructive criticism and that causes tension between the professor and student at times. Students have to realize teachers are there to help and their comments are not spiteful, but instead helpful. Out of the last four reasons or “pet peeves” the most prominent is the message sent when one “futz with paper formatting.” Teachers and professors do have a keen eye for formatting and notice the littlest things because their eyes have seen it so often. By messing with the formatting a professor gets the message that the student thinks they are dumb or trackable. The message sent by changing the margins or font size are not worth the risk of just being a few lines short. I believe the final reason is pretty important too. Professors love when students are participating in class and by sitting in the back of the room doodling, a professor will probably get angry. Lisa says to either show you care or pretend you care. A professor just wants to see some interest so he feels like he is getting through to his/her students.

    This article by Lisa was overall mostly common sense. Each “pet peeve” can be resolved is the teacher and student just demonstrates a little bit more respect for each other. Respect is all that is needed to regulate a healthy learning environment. When one respects their professors, usually their professors return the favor in many ways evidently giving their students the benefit of the doubt, which could go a long way.

  23. Julian Manzano March 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    Being a freshman in college has really been an eye opening experience for me since the first day I got to Seton Hall University. Everything was so different. I drove to school, I called “teachers” “Professors,” the food was actually good, there were just so many different things, it was a completely new world. One thing I learned straight out the gate was that professors were nothing like the teachers I have experiences before college. I knew kind of what to expect as I had a physics teacher in high school who used to teach college. He was a great teacher but very strict like college professors. He told me what to expect and he was right on almost everything, especially on the 10 things that were brought up in the article. He told me that college professors could be your best friend or your worst nightmare depending on how you acted upon most of these 10 things. I think #1 and #2 on the list are the ones I found to be most important.
    Using unprofessional language when talking to a professor via email or in person is probably the worst mistake you can make. Talking to your professors as if they are your friend is inappropriate and embarrassing on the student’s part. Learning how to communicate with professors, especially through email, was an important lesson I was taught in University Life. Although professors can be friendly, you cannot talk to them like you would talk to your friends, just as you cannot talk to your boss like you talk to your friends. There needs to be a sigh of respect both ways that should be communicated through the language present in email and in person. This is an important thing for a college student to know. If you do not do this, you will likely get on a professor’s bad side, and if you care about your grades, that is something you definitely do not want.
    Another thing that was stressed in University Life and by most of the professors I have had so far is asking if anything important was missed during an absence. This will make college professors furious. Obviously important topics were discussed and work was done, it is college. Every class is important and asking a professor if they did anything important will not only make a professor mad, it will make you look foolish and give off the impression that you do not care about the class. I have missed a class before and I emailed the professor that I will read the notes discussed in class and ask a classmate about what I missed, which is the correct way to handle it.
    Having a healthy, professional relationship with your professors is a major way in succeeding in college. If you break these two, main rules, you will get on your professors’ bad side and have a hard time. Just treat school as if it were a job and your professors are your boss.

  24. Antoneta Sevo March 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

    Beginning college made me feel extremely nervous. I did not know what to expect from different professors and I did not know how well I would do. My senior English teacher gave us some advice. She told us that we would only be numbers and that our professors would not care. Though that might hold true to some people who attend bigger universities, I was among the lucky few who that did not apply to. Since coming to Seton Hall University, I could not have asked for a better experience with my professors. They have always been there for my endless questions and concerns, which told me that they cared. It helped me put my mind at ease. Since reading the article “10 Things Every College Professor Hates”, I realized why I have had such a good experience. It was because I did not do any of the things that were listed when it talked about what college professor’ hate. I speak to them in a respectful manner and I engage in class as much as I can. My biggest thing about college is that, those who succeed are the ones who want to be here. I think that applies to the relationship between a student and a professor. When respect is received, it is returned.

    I believe that it is essential to have a good, professional relationship with professors because each one has experience others do not. Depending on what one wants to achieve, different professors could easily help. If there were a healthy, professional relationship present, then they would be more than willing to guide you in the right direction. This is an advantage many could benefit from and easy to have. By visiting office hours, many questions can be answered, whether it is academic or advice about certain things. Either way it is a good method to connect with the people who hold the potential to help you in their hands.

    There are ways to show that you care about where you want to end up without going to office hours. By putting effort into your work and showing interest in class are two ways to display importance. Though some do not believe professors notice shortcuts, they are completely wrong. If I was a professor I would want each of my students to be engaged and care about the work they do. I know that some students are not like that but I do not see how that is fair. This professor is using their time to teach you information so you have the knowledge to better your own life and ultimately others’ lives. In my opinion, that is something that deserves respect.

    This article gives the reader an inside look into the particular things that most professors do not like. I think it is important to know these things in order to change certain habits for the benefit of the professor and the student. They should realize how much professors do care and professors should hope their students are smart enough to care. In the end, both parties would benefit if respect is shown.

  25. Adara Gonzalez March 24, 2017 at 8:35 pm #

    I am not here to bash and say that that is not what professors really have a pet peeve of, because I’m not a professor, and still have yet to create life long connections with college professors. But there are some things on this list that is just blatant hypocrisy if it is true. Especially for number one, I go out of my way to create a professional communication environment with my professors, I constantly make drafts and tend to redo my email just to make sure that I come off as mature and professional. One day I asked my Oral Communications professor for a letter of recommendation, with enough time to respond as well. She answers me back over a week later, asking me if I was the Peruvian student in her con law class. She does not teach con law in this school, when I emailed her through my Seton Hall Email account. I found it pretty unprofessional that she categorizes her students through their nationalities and also not using common sense at least reading my email account. It wasn’t even as if she couldn’t figure out who I was, I left my signature at the end of the email. The worst part of that email could possibly be the fact that she spelled you, as in “u”. The fact that should could not give me the extra second of typing that it takes to type the two missing letters told me that she was not sending me any amount of respect. At the end of it all I never responded back, by the time she answered me, it was too late and found another person for my recommendation.
    Number four on the list also needs to be addressed, it all depends on the classroom environment. In a perfect world, all professors will stick to their syllabus and students will obediently follow, but this is not that world. In fact, all students wish to have professors who would religiously follow their syllabus, because believe it or not, as much as professors hate hearing that question, we hate asking them. This article paints students as a bunch of lazy uninterested people, which is quite contrary to many college students. Students hate portraying themselves as a student who doesn’t know what exactly is going on in class, especially when they actually do care and in fact interested in the class. The article cannot turn a blind eye and say that it always is the students fault. Most of the times professors deviate from the syllabus, which provokes the student to ask what is going on for the week, because they care about the class and their education. If most professors follow their syllabus like they are supposed to, then this event will never occur. At the same time, it does not make sense how this article claims that this is a pet peeve for college professors, would they rather prefer that their student just not do the work and ignore possible incoming assignments? We students do these things because we care and we want to let the professor know that we care about the work and the effort they are putting out in order teach the class.
    Overall, the article did a great job of slamming against students without taking their side or story into consideration. Other than that, I can’t say I learned anything new.

  26. Erin Chan March 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

    Professor is also a person, but also someone’s feeling, his feelings for you will definitely affect how much he is willing to invest in helping you, and even perhaps for you after graduation recommended school or work. But it is surprising that in 100 students, only one person may have thought about the problem, so suppose we are one of the other 99 students, the first thing we need to do is not letting our website hate us.
    When we are full of interest. Is what professor favorite to see, than their own class sitting with students dedicated to hard work, rather than yawn and daze students, or, worse, slippery mobile phone students. If we can take notes positively and show a strong interest in his class, you have the opportunity to stand out among a group of people.
    Professor should always say hello. When the professor into the classroom and his voice, this effect is obvious. Most professors will stop their mouths so that students have the opportunity to ask questions, and when they do so, they want to get is not silent. Your question can make the professor very happy, especially the question and the previous course. In addition, to determine what you asked is not the kind of annoying problems, such as: This will test it?
    Many professors do not like the students to destroy his rhythm, so if they would ask: “Do anyone have a problem?”, You should wait until that time to act again. However, do not think of all the insignificant problems are out, or you will become a professor and students troubled.
    Whether you are in his office, or before or after class, if you can and the professor to discuss the classroom questions, he will leave you a good impression. If you are very shy, you can also use E-mail. Should try to express interest in the content of the course, not just ask those questions about the results and exams. If the professor has the intention to assign some tasks, such as speeches, debates or discussion of the person in charge, becoming the first volunteer is the best chance to play with him. Some professors will provide students with the opportunity to work or study with them, not only to strengthen your relationship with them, but also to gain valuable training experience. The professor will note how you are participating in the activities, including lectures, symposia, or student council meetings, and your participation shows how much you care about that area.
    If you find your professor on the school website just out of a book, or get any prize, congratulations are a very good thing. Even the professor, would like his achievements to be recognized. Students rarely realize that, in fact, professors will worry about his class how, and absolutely happy to hear a student said his class. You can find a chance to express this idea, there are specific examples will be better. We should always thank the professor for all the help. You may not have found this point, but the professors often do not have the obligation to do a lot of things, such as for students to discuss the paper, as well as in the evening or weekend reply E-mail. At least through e-mail and professors to thank, the professor will remember and he thanked the students.

  27. VM November 11, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    After seeing the title of this article I had to read it. Truth be told, I am guilty of doing some of the things spoken about in the article that Professors hate. Though this article was informative I believe it’s a little bias toward the Professors. I believe, as a student, there are many things that could compile another list like this one but titled “10 Things Every College Student Hates” That being said I believe this article also to be helpful in a way. It helps explain how to deal with some of the things Professors hate in a respectful and professional manner. For example, number 2 on the list. Which was also included in the intro as, “For what it’s worth, No. 2 was by far the most common complaint.” In regards to the list I also find it extremely hard to believe that students still do these things! The things stated on this list seem very understandable and it’s hard for me to believe that students are still doing all of these things they know will upset their Professors.

    Something I found interesting about the article was the intro. The idea that a student from an Ivy League school sent an email like that to a Professor was crazy to me. That takes unprofessionalism to an entirely new level. I’m not going to sit here, as a student, and defend each one of us because I believe that would be wrong as well. I don’t believe there’s any excuse for an email like that but as for the rest of the things in the list I do believe that certain things could be handled better. In a middle school, high school and college classroom I have been witness to much of these things taking place. Disrespectful language, packing up before class ends, grade grubbing, as well as students getting upset when receiving feedback. The one thing I notice though, is that a lot of times it is not just the student being “the bad guy” if you will. I think at times Professors can be nicer in their tones or more understanding, but at the same time I do understand they are Professors, it’s their job. As I said earlier I believe this to be an informative article in learning the top 10 things Professors hate that we, as students, do but I believe they should also take into consideration the 10 things we hate that they do as well.

  28. Ameer Richmond November 11, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    Reading this article made me think about how I act in class, I found myself doing some of these habits. A lot of them I was happy to break out of, and others are some I find myself constantly doing. Being the son of a teacher, I would hear my mother complain up and down about how certain students would act. There were many habits also pointed out here. I agree that teachers do need to be approached with some form of professionalism, after all they are the key between you and the door of a job. They are professionals and should be treated as such.
    This article mentions common habits by the average student as well. I observe many of these habits thinking to myself “Maybe that is not the proper way of going about things.” One of the habits I know that has to annoy the teacher the most has to be packing to leave early or sitting in the back of the classroom. Those two alone I know has to annoy a Professor, show some sort of care in what the Professor does.
    From A professor’s standpoint, I would like to note that some of the points the article mentions are not always bad in the professors eyes. I know and have personal relationships with a number of my college Professors and they go on and talk about that some of these factors do not bother them. They sometimes say that this is on the student, if they do not want to learn it is their problem and their money wasted. This list mentions many issues that are wrong with some of the non caring student in a college class. But this issue needs to be spread across on a bigger platform. That can help knock out more pet peeves Professors have, and bridge the gap between both them and the student.

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