Here’s a Back to School Guide for Students Trying to Make a Good Impression with Teachers-by Yahoo contributor; Kristin Ketteringham.
First impressions are many times lasting impressions. As students, it is important to make a good first impression with your teachers at the beginning of every school year. You’re going to have deal with these teachers for many months to come, so you want to create a lasting image that will help you in building positive, productive relationships. Here are a few ways you can make a great first impression with your teachers beginning on that very first day of school.
Dress the part. Treat those first encounters with your teachers like you would a job interview. If you were going in for a job interview you wouldn’t go stumbling into the meeting wearing some dirty, wrinkled outfit you found on the floor next to your bed that morning. You don’t want to look disheveled on your first day of school either. Go to class clean and make sure that you are following the dress code set forth by the school. Make sure that your hair, nails and teeth are clean and neat. Appearances aren’t everything, but they do count for something. A few clothing tips: It is said that vertical stripes gives the wearer the appearance of togetherness. Pink makes you look sympathetic, pale yellow suggests intelligence, and blue gives the impression of tranquility and calmness. When you can, avoid wearing colors that are too loud and flashy on the first day of school.
Be prepared for class. This means that you should have all of your supplies with you and ready to use every day, from day one. If you didn’t have a list of school supplies provided to you beforehand, bring a pen and a notebook along to jot down any important information. Have all of the needed supplies by your second day and keep them with you daily. It will impress your teachers if you never have to borrow anything from them or your peers.
Do a little studying. Another great idea to prepare yourself for that first day is to go through your notes from last school year. If your teacher surprises you with a pop quiz you could really shine and make a great impression if you’ve prepared yourself ahead of time. Read any assigned texts (including your summer reading) and complete any projects or homework assignments given to you on your first day back to school so that you can answer any discussion questions the following day. Study the school’s handbook ahead of time also so that you are aware of all of the school policies and procedures and can follow them accordingly.
Be on time. It is always important to get to class on time, but it is vital that you do so on the first day of class. Showing up late on your first day shows your teacher that you’re disorganized or not serious about your education. On the flip side, being punctual is a sign of respect and will show your teacher that this class is important to you. You should also turn in all of your assignments on time. Not only will this make your teacher unhappy, it can result in punishments or lost points. Turning a first assignment in late will make a horrible impression that can stay with you for a while.
Behave appropriately in the classroom. Follow all of the posted classroom rules. You shouldn’t talk out of turn or interrupt the class in any other ways. Raise your hand if you have something to say or a question to ask. Participate in class discussions and show enthusiasm for learning. NEVER fall asleep in class. The stigma of that misstep could follow you around for a long time. You should listen to your teacher when they are speaking and ask questions when you’re unclear about something and can’t find the answer elsewhere (textbook, student handbook, syllabus, etc.). Don’t ask the same question more than once, including those questions asked by other students.
Choose the right seat. It is a good idea to sit in the teacher’s line of view. As soon as you walk into the classroom, choose a seat in the front of the classroom or down the center row. You also want to consider who you’ll be sitting around when you choose your seat. Don’t sit down next to someone who you know has nothing to offer but a whole lot of gossip and ultimately trouble.
Offer help to your teachers and classmates. If your teacher seems to be struggling or asks for help with technical equipment, ask if he or she would like any help. You could also offer to clean the board or desks. If a classmate is struggling with a certain concept, help them out so that your teacher is freed up to do something else or help another classmate.
Be friendly and respectful towards your teachers. Say hello to your teachers in the hallways and remember to smile and make eye contact. Introduce yourself at the first opportunity and try to find something that you have in common. Talk to your teacher for a minute or so. This can show your confidence and ability to socialize, while also making your face and name more memorable.
Keep a positive attitude. Don’t whine, complain, or badmouth your teachers or classmates. Having a negative attitude towards others will only cause them to have a negative attitude about you. Teachers find it easier to get along with a positive person, so keep that in mind.
Remember to put forth your best effort. You’re not a straight A student? That doesn’t mean to shut down in the classroom. Many times teachers will be impressed if you are trying your best even though you aren’t making the best grades. Also, if you’re offered extra credit, always do it! It is especially important to accept that first extra credit project. Your teacher will see that you are willing to go above and beyond to do well in your studies.
Be gracious and appreciative. When teachers have helped you in the classroom or hallways, remember to be courteous and say thank you. Some even give their teachers a gift on the first day of class and on holidays. If you decide to offer a gift, make it something small that they would sincerely appreciate or use.
With these tips you’ll be well on your way to creating a good first impression with your new teachers this school year. Remember, all teachers are different and have different personalities. If for some reason your first impression doesn’t end up being all that great, don’t get too upset. Last impressions are always more important the first impressions. Make sure that you leave the school year on a good note if you start off on the wrong foot with your teachers. Good luck students!
Published by Kristin Ketteringham