Pay attention in class

Hello! I am Sam, a recent graduate with a B.A. In psychology and a minor in English. I will be pursuing a master’s degree in Industrial/organizational psychology come next fall in hopes of landing a great job in a research environment. Psychology has taught me many things about the human condition and our fears, and in a stressful business environment it will be my job to step in and alleviate tensions. I have written case studies, literature reviews, and have conducted experiments both under the guide of a professor and as my own thesis. Beyond straight psychology, written communication is one of my passions. I love creative uses of linguistics and desire to learn more about the English language to play with the English language. I have learned so much during my four years at school, and have made a few mistakes along the way. These mistakes have taught me valuable lessons that I will pass on to the readers of this website.



This point is both good for you and good for them academically. Be prepared to do some studying, if you haven’t already. Outside of class do all the homework, including reading the textbooks and having a few questions prepared for the next lesson. Professors appreciate it when students have questions about the text because it means you did as you were told. This tip is a little easier in smaller, discussion-based classes than lecture hall type classes with over 100 other people, but if the opportunity presents itself; take it. In class at the most basic level look interested and jot down notes as the professor is speaking. Going back to the point that professors are people too. Anyone likes it and respects you for respecting them. Silence your phone before class and be prepared with paper, pencil, or laptop. When you use a laptop, above all else do NOT goof around on the internet. Many professors still see laptops as ways to look like you’re doing the work without actually doing it. Always look up at the professor periodically and show that you’re actively paying attention by nodding to what their saying or even looking puzzled. Some sort of emotional reaction indicates you are listening.

If you’re feeling confident enough, you can start sitting closer to the professors in the first couple of rows (in a lecture hall or standard classroom) or across from a professor in a circular type classroom. It’s easier to remember the faces of those closer to you than farther away, and it can open the door to your professors recognizing you before other students. If you can, greet them when they come in like waving or simply saying hi.

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