Sucking up to your professor..oh it’s a great thing, and we all know we need to do it sometimes. I am here to teach you how you should do it, and why. Before we start I want you guys to know, do not overdo it, because there are two ways to suck up. First, the good way which makes professors like you. You do this by doing your best and being genuinely interested, and this is not used for evil, but for good purposes. The second is the kind where you don’t give a crap and you just suck up to pass. This is the wrong way to suck up and it will backfire. Professors will recognize the difference between someone who cares and someone who is looking for an easy A.
Sucking up to your professors, in the end, will benefit you so much. They can write letters of recommendation, which can be crucial for jobs, scholarships, and applications. Also they write the test, even better they grade them too. Writing the test means they know what will be on it and what exactly you need to know. They grade the tests (and everything else) and they have much more discretion than your high school teachers. So yes, having them like you is important.
Tip #1 Do not show that you hate them
I made this tip #1 because it is super important. Whether your professor is a mean asshole who gives crappy lectures, teaches the worst subject, or is just boring, it does not matter; do NOT show that you dread going to that class. If they know you dislike them, they will dislike you. Suck it up, put a smile on your face, and greet them nicely. If necessary, put their picture on your dartboard after class to get rid of your feelings of hatred.
Tip #2 Show up
Show up. Show up on time. Do not leave early. If you’re not there you cannot get them to know and like you. If you happen to miss class, email them and apologize, but DO NOT under any circumstances make up an excuse. If you have a doctors appointment and it took six months to see this supposedly magnificent doctor, tell your professor to his/her face and offer to bring in a doctor's note. And again APOLOGIZE, they do not want to get the feeling that you think your other appointments are more important than their class.
Tip #3 DO YOUR ASSIGNMENTS
Yes they suck, yes they take up your entire day. Suck it up and do it anyway. If you do not do your homework, if you do not read your assignments, and do not write your essays, you will not be liked, and trust me your grades will show it.
Tip #4 Communicate
Email them, catch them before class, go to their office. Ask them to look over your papers (not the day before). They will be grading it, so their feedback will help a lot. My first year I would go to my English professor’s office every week to have him look over my paper and tell me what it lacked, so I could fix it before it was due.
Tip #5 Get to know them
And have them get to know you. Be the one they say hello to, the one they will remember. I would rather be the annoying know-it-all who always raised her hand, than what’s-her-face who always sat in the back of the room. I joined clubs that my professors were involved in and it helped me tremendously to get a good connection with them. Plus, I enjoyed the clubs.
Tip #6 Pretend the class is interesting
Professors do not need to be told their subject sucks, it is rude and it will not do you any good. Sit up front, take notes, and do your best not to sleep in class. Most professors let you bring food or drinks in as long as it does not disrupt their teaching. Bring tea, or coffee. It will help you to stay alert in that class, and the following ones.
Professors are not monsters (most of the time). Treat them with respect and you will be treated with respect as well. If you are nice and helpful, they will be nice and helpful in return. For example in return for helping him on a project, one of my professors gave me an A on a final without ever taking it. Also professors can sometimes be a better help than your adviser since they might get to know you a little better than your adviser. If they like you they will be glad to give you any advice you need.