No one wants to suffer a whole semester with a professor that isn’t suited for them. And with the price of college tuition these days, you don’t want to waste your time in a boring class or, let’s face it, maybe you want an easier class to take. The right professor can make a big difference in the way that you view your education. Some teachers can brighten your life and inspire learning, while others can make you wish you dropped out of high school. In this article, I’m going to tell you tried and true ways that can help you find the best professors for you.
The first step is a really obvious one. Simply ask around. Your fellow students are the best source that you are going to have in your quest for great professors. Remember, though, who you are talking to because they may have a very different perspective on what does and doesn’t make a teacher good. For instance, they make think that the tougher a teacher is, the better. Perhaps that’s not what you’re looking for. Maybe your perfect professor is one that makes you laugh. Ask the other students which professors are funny then. Ask any questions you want, no matter how silly you think they are.
The second step is slightly similar to the first, but you will get more broad opinions. Look up your prospective professor on http://www.ratemyprofessor.com. You will find all sorts of categories on there that the teacher will have been rated on. Plus, the comments that former students have left behind are very valuable. They will give you some real insight into the professors teaching style and the difficulty of the class.
The final step in evaluating which professors to take, is to email them before you sign up for their class. Simply request a copy of the course syllabus for which you are thinking about taking. Most teachers will gladly supply you with a copy. If they don’t have the exact one for the next semester, ask for one from a previous year. This is how you are going to decide if the course load is too much or not enough for you. You will be able to see how many tests they give, how much reading you are going to have to do, and how many papers you are going to have to write (also, the page requirements for the papers).
With these three tips, you should be on your way to a rewarding college experience in no time. You will find yourself eager to go to class every day because of your choice of a great professor.