How to Get Respect from Your Professor

Respect is earned through time and experience. The moment a student enters a classroom, it is evident whether or not they want to be respected or not. Actions convey a message prior to words. The way a student walks and talks let the professor know where they stand.

A professor should be viewed as an ally, not an enemy.

They are there to assist and guide. The way to attain respect from a professor is to act correctly. If a student focuses on doing the right thing in the midst of chaos, the professor will notice.

It is also important to keep in mind that professors are also people. They have feelings and emotions like the rest of us. What a student does every day affects them to some level.

professor and student

Be yourself

Individuality is priceless and when it comes to school it often brings a person far.

When a student demonstrates who they really are without being offensive or disrespectful, the professor will take notice and want to know more about this student.

When a student is proud of whom they are, it shows they have respect for who they are.

Professors are bridges

It is important to view professors as potential references or referrals. Modeling respect for them now will show them how you could be in the workforce.

  • Do what a responsible employee would do.
  • Show up on time and do the job well.
  • Do it to the best of your abilities.
  • Take initiative in class.
  • Add insightful ideas to the dynamic (professor loves creative student)
  • Articulate your words well.
  • Speak with confidence and always take some time to spend with your professor.
  • Try meeting him or her after class to discuss some topics about the lesson.

Stay focused on the goal at hand and things will fall into place. It helps to write down your plans as well. Written plans are powerful and confirm things.

Being young and respectful is powerful. In youth, there are copious opportunities to do the wrong thing. Choosing to do the right thing despite the temptations shows your ability and level of self-control.

Attend school with a purpose. Be a positive influence on the people around you and most of your entire professor. You never know how you could change their life forever.