Did you see the TicToc of the girl that turned on her camera during a class on Zoom? No I am not on tiktoc but I saw it. Her teacher lit up like a candle and I could imagine the happiness she felt because last week I concluded teaching a class via zoom and I know the struggle. The only thing that keeps any instructor going is students, good students.
Every time a student tells me they failed. The first thing I find out and often realize is that they did not have any interaction or relationship with the teacher or instructor. Let me help you put this in perspective. The point of education is to open one up to new ways of thinking, information, and characters. The way to learn to think beyond your scope is to learn to think like your instructor so it only makes sense to have a relationship with them. Right?
It starts with you presenting yourself in a manner that lets the prof know that you are serious. When an instructor can count on you (I’ll explain this soon) they will make it easier for you to approach them or may even extend an invitation to you. As much you have a first impression of your prof, they have one of you too. Put your best foot forward to get them to notice you and then you can have a relationship however fleeting it may be.
Zoom can make relating with profs tedious, but here are a few guidelines.
- Show up: attend every class. Comment on the forum (constructively). Make sure you log on and join the zoom class on time. Stay until the end. If there are breaks, take the breaks and use them to stretch and recharge so you can be attentive.
- Engage/Participate: don’t just join the class and then watch or do something else on another device. Give your undivided attention to the instructor while they teach. You don’t have to turn your camera on throughout the class but make sure you ask a question and when you do, turn on your mic and camera. Ask at least one question per class.
- Send an email: You can go above and beyond, which profs like. Send an email to introduce yourself and ask constructive questions. Stay away from common faux pas like having the wrong salutation/spelling the profs name wrong, spelling mistakes, using contractions/slang, and not using polite phrases.
- Stay consistent: instructors like having students that always show up, read the assigned texts, and contribute. They notice and value students that don’t just do these things once but stay consistent throughout the term. Students they can count on. They don’t intend to be, but instructors end up being a bit linient with students like this. There is also an 80% chance that a student that is consistent will get a B or more for the class.
- Things not to do: don’t forget to mute yourself when you’re eating. Again, avoid doing other things when the class is going on like playing music, chatting with friends, or taking selfies. Imagine if your teacher did what you intend to do, if it’s inappropriate for them to do, then don’t do it!
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