Friday, September 26, 2014

Totally Unnecessary News. "7 Ways To Alienate Your College Professor." From Motley Fool.

The flava.

1. Skip one or more classes, then return, expecting the instructor to fill you in on what you missed. This behavior, by far, seems the most irksome for college professors, who expect that you are responsible enough to make up for your absence – preferably, ahead of time. Arrange to obtain notes or handouts from someone in your class, or, if possible, alert your instructor that you will be absent, and ask if you can get the materials directly from him.

The rest.


  1. There is not a single one of these that surprise me. My students do these and others all the time, and it feels like the norm to me. I guess the jading is complete.

  2. It’s kind of clickbait for students (or their parents). I wonder what clickbait would look like if its intended audience was proffies?

    “This one weird old tip makes students take responsibility for their actions.”
    “The school where every student staples. You’ll never guess where it is.”
    “This adjunct flunks lazy students – and her Dean loves her for it.”

    1. The parentheses in your first sentence partially answers my main question: do college students these days (especially those who need the advice) read The Motley Fool. The idea that it's there for Mom and Dad to read and email/tweet/facebook to the student (who will, of course, ignore it, just as many of us presumably ignored the clippings sent to us by well-meaning and sometimes even right parents/grandparents) makes a lot more sense.

      Other than the problem of getting the people who need to read it to actually read it, it's pretty good.