Tuesday, October 22, 2019
20 Big Fat Lies College Professors Tell Us
20 Big Fat Lies College Professors Tell Us Grab a tub of popcorn, sit back and relax because youÃ¢â¬â¢re about to go through the top 20 big fat lies that college professors tell their students in colleges from sea to shining sea. YouÃ¢â¬â¢ll be hard pressed to think of any others. This list pretty much covers every base. Enjoy! 1. Ã¢â¬Å"You canÃ¢â¬â¢t wait until the night before the exam to study and hope to pass it.Ã¢â¬ Not true. There are many different little details and variables to consider here. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s actually quite possible to procrastinate and still get good grades. 2. Ã¢â¬Å"IÃ¢â¬â¢ll have the tests/exams/homework graded and back to you by the end of the week.Ã¢â¬ Yeah right. Some professors are pretty good about this, while others arenÃ¢â¬â¢t because theyÃ¢â¬â¢re so bogged down with classes. TheyÃ¢â¬â¢ve got hundreds of tests to grade and papers to inscribe in their ledger. DonÃ¢â¬â¢t count on it. 3. Ã¢â¬Å"What youÃ¢â¬â¢re learning in this class will prepare you for the real world.Ã¢â¬ Absolutely not true. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s like saying that working out will prepare a gladiator for battle. Knowledge is helpful, but thereÃ¢â¬â¢s a big difference between the classroom and the world off campus. 4. Ã¢â¬Å"If you fail 101, you should probably choose a different major.Ã¢â¬ Huh? If you have your heart set on a major but bomb 101 that just means you need to try harder. For example, just because a music student struggles with reading and writing music theory doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t mean theyÃ¢â¬â¢re not gifted musicians. 5. Ã¢â¬Å"I take each one of your papers and read through them thoroughly.Ã¢â¬ Really? That is almost never true. There simply isnÃ¢â¬â¢t enough time. 6. Ã¢â¬Å"I can spot an A-student from a mile off.Ã¢â¬ Maybe they can and maybe they canÃ¢â¬â¢t. TheyÃ¢â¬â¢re likely just trying to come off as superior or trying to intimidate students to try and scare off the rabble. A-students are made, not born. 7. Ã¢â¬Å"I do give extensions and I consider exceptions to conventional rules.Ã¢â¬ If they need to announce this then thereÃ¢â¬â¢s probably some strings attached. Extensions typically come with a certain type of price tag. 8. Ã¢â¬Å"This is a fabulous field to focus on, with plentiful employment opportunities.Ã¢â¬ With only a tiny few exceptions, a college degree in any major doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t mean a job at all. Period. YouÃ¢â¬â¢re heading into the 21st century online globalized workforce. 9. Ã¢â¬Å"IÃ¢â¬â¢m not paid enough to be biased.Ã¢â¬ Everyone is biased, especially a professor. 10. Ã¢â¬Å"I care deeply about your success in this major.Ã¢â¬ How is it possible for a professor to care about hundreds of incoming and outgoing students year over year? Maybe if you establish a strong relationship with them, otherwise this is a stretch. 11. Ã¢â¬Å"This is by far the very best class IÃ¢â¬â¢ve ever taught.Ã¢â¬ How clichÃ ©. Unless youÃ¢â¬â¢re in a truly legendary class for some reason then whatÃ¢â¬â¢s the point of that statement? 12. Ã¢â¬Å"Oh yes, I always knew I was going to become a college professor.Ã¢â¬ Could be true, but in most cases itÃ¢â¬â¢s not. Remember the old saying, Ã¢â¬Å"Those that canÃ¢â¬â¢t do, teach.Ã¢â¬ 13. Ã¢â¬Å"This is the first time IÃ¢â¬â¢ve had to do this butÃ¢â¬ ¦Ã¢â¬ Teachers say this to their classes from 1st grade to graduate year Senior Seminar. 14. Ã¢â¬Å"Your final GPA will make a huge impact on the rest of your life.Ã¢â¬ Not true. The GPA is just a number and has no direct bearing on what you are or are not capable of accomplishing in life. 15. Ã¢â¬Å"I expect the best out of my students.Ã¢â¬ No, they probably donÃ¢â¬â¢t. The longer theyÃ¢â¬â¢ve been teachers the less true this statement is likely to be. 16. Ã¢â¬Å"The tests arenÃ¢â¬â¢t whatÃ¢â¬â¢s most important here.Ã¢â¬ At the end of the day thatÃ¢â¬â¢s simply not true. Take away the need to pass tests and exams, and whatÃ¢â¬â¢s left? 17. Ã¢â¬Å"I donÃ¢â¬â¢t accept excuses.Ã¢â¬ Maybe not excuses, but there are always extenuating circumstances that all professors must take into account. 18. Ã¢â¬Å"Oh sure, you can stop by my office anytime you need and my doorÃ¢â¬â¢s always open.Ã¢â¬ This is so not true, especially if they teach a common elective course or core required course within a popular major. When theyÃ¢â¬â¢re door is open thereÃ¢â¬â¢s probably a line and someone already inside. 19. Ã¢â¬Å"If you show up to each lecture, youÃ¢â¬â¢ll pass my class.Ã¢â¬ This isnÃ¢â¬â¢t true. ThereÃ¢â¬â¢s a fair amount to be said with exposure, listening intently and taking notes but just showing up doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t guarantee anything. 20. Ã¢â¬Å"Just be honest, donÃ¢â¬â¢t write what you know I want to hear.Ã¢â¬ DonÃ¢â¬â¢t ever fall for this one. Aim to strike a balance between stretching your limits and the limits of the class/instructions, and being honest. What other lies have you heard from your professors? Share in comments!