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If you’re a college student you’re already quite familiar with sites that tell you if your professor is going to be a joy or a pain. This article outlines the top five ways to recognize if you’ve picked a quality professor in the long run.

#5 The Opening Act

A sign of a good professor is if he/she is funny. Humor can help out any class from boring philosophy to long hours in the lab. If your professor comes in the first day of class and throws a funny quip like “Welcome to another fall semester guys, I’m just as pissed as you are!” prepare for a good learning experience.

#4 Different Strokes

All professors have to abide by school rules, but some give you a little leeway to better accommodate you. A good professor knows that we all have emergencies so he/she is cool with having your phone on vibrate instead of telling you to turn it off. He/she also doesn’t mind if you eat in the class as long as it does not interrupt with the lecture.

#3 Where Am I?

Another sign of a great professor is in the content of the lecture. He/she can make a lecture on the ethics of euthanasia sound like a Black Keys concert. Professors like this can make a two and a half hour class feel like a forty-five minute one. There won’t be any time to sleep because you’ll be so engaged in what’s being said. Not only that, but the topics being discussed stray from “I talk, you listen” to “How do you feel about these actions as a class?”

#2 Assignments? What Assignments?

Picture this: You look down at that fresh syllabus on your desk, you look at the front page and you think “Geez, that book sounds expensive…” you turn a few pages only to be reminded of how long fifteen weeks actually are. You skim through a few more pages and there it is, the course assignments. “Ten? C’mon, that’s kind of excessive…” A good professor realizes that after the third or fourth assignment you give in, the quality of your work is just going to decrease. They often alleviate this by cutting the assignments close to half. What’s the catch? Nothing, just prove the professors theory of quality over quantity.

#1 Extra, Extra! Read All About It!

Extra credit. Every lazy students favorite words. A good professor knows that you may have four, maybe five classes, and that keeping up with all assignments is not going to be easy. Maybe you didn’t do so well on that exam that was coincidently worth more than the others because you were overwhelmed with the content of the other five or so midterms. Extra credit is a way of a professor saying, “Yes, I know you’ve screwed up. Second time better be the charm."


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