Dear Professors,

This a letter from a student asking you for some help.  What else is new, right?  Anyway, I have put together a list that every professor would do in a perfect world.  Although the world is not perfect, there’s always room for improvement, isn’t there? At least that’s what I have heard many professors say. Now, don’t take this the wrong way because I completely understand that a lot of things aren’t your fault, I get it.  Maybe, you can just help me out a little bit.  Every professor is different, so this list is just for what I would love a professor to do/stop doing.  Please keep in mind that I am actually a good student, I get A’s and B’s, I just have a big mouth.  It’s not you, it’s me.  I am just preparing for my career as a talk show host.  Don’t take offense.

1. Please stop keeping your students late.

I can’t stand this one.  I have a professor that keeps the class sometimes three, four minutes after class is over.  Three or four minutes might not seem like a lot, but they are very crucial in the life of student.  We may have a class all the way across campus that we now have to run to, or practice, or we may want to go take a nap.  It doesn’t matter, we get in trouble when we are late to your class, what kind of sense does it make that YOU are keeping us late?  Please stop this behavior right away.

2.  EXTRA CREDIT <3

I don’t understand why some professors do not give out extra credit.  A Professor might read this and say, “Well you wouldn’t need it if you did all the assignments.”  Guess what teacher, life happens.  Didn’t you love extra credit in college? I have never met a student who said they hated extra credit, so don’t lie.  There really is no reason why a professor shouldn’t give extra credit.  Please give us opportunities for extra credit, please.

3.  Please stop assuming your class is our whole life.

I really sometimes think Professors think that they’re class is the most important things in our lives.  Yes, it is important because we need this class and we want to do well in it, but we have other things going on.  I know we need to learn in college how to balance things for ‘real life’ and how to use our time wisely, but trust me, we are smarter than you think. Your class is not our whole life, but it is a crucial part of it.

4.  POWERPOINTS

This may just be for me, I don’t know, but I’m sure others will agree.  I cannot focus or learn from you lecturing the whole time without a visual aid.  I can’t.  I ask myself why I come to class if you just lecture because I’m not learning anything and I can just teach myself on my own time.  Big big thank you to the wonderful professors out there who use visual aids like Powerpoints.  You guys are the real MVPs.

5.  Discussions

Let us have them.  I need them.  1. I can’t stay quiet for long periods of time and 2. It provides other perspectives that can be helpful to understanding the topics being discussed.  I love them, the more talking I can do, the better.

6.  Low Grades

Let’s talk about something.  If one person gets a low grade on an assignment and everyone else does well? Not your fault.  You did a good job, maybe that student didn’t study.  If EVERYONE does badly, that’s looking like more-so your fault then us.  Something needs to be fixed if everyone does terribly and there needs to be a MAJOR CURVE. Or you need to not let that assignment count towards our grades.  Help us to help you to help us get good grades.

7.  Papers

Why do you guys love to give papers longer than 5 pages? Why would you want read 50+ students’ 5 page papers?  It doesn’t make sense to me.  Most of us won’t have to write a paper ever again after we graduate.  My guess is you must enjoy it.  To each their own!

Okay, professors.  I love most of you guys.  I have come across many great professors during my time at school and I thank you for helping me realize my potential and encouraging me to be the best version of myself.  So thank you to the great ones for understanding and remembering what it’s like to be a college student.  Keep doin’ what you do!

Peace and Love,

Gabriella