How To Get A Teacher To Like You


A student stopped by to catch up last week. He told me his name and shook my hand. I looked at his face, and then I drew a complete blank. He seemed nice enough, but I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember him. And yet, there he was, talking about my course with a comfortable familiarity.


Had I completely lost it? Was it possible I had overlooked this student all semester?


I carefully looked down at my lap and was relieved to find I wasn’t wearing pajamas or yesterday’s clothes or anything that might explain why my memory had utterly failed. I went along with the conversation for a few seconds, nodding politely, and then I came clean.


“Do I know you?” I asked.


         “I’m taking your class,” he replied. “Next semester.”


         “Next semester? You mean in September?”




         “And you stopped by to meet me three months before the class starts?”




All right kid, you win. That’s right. You’re my new official favorite student of the Fall 2015 school year. I still don’t remember your name, but I’ve got all summer to check my fall rosters and figure it out.


Note to all other students – anyone that takes the time to voluntarily meet their professor months in advance is winning some serious brownie points. Now you may think that this move, executed beautifully by the student, was designed to influence me.


It was. And it worked.


  • Bailey Newman

    Throughout my academic career, I have always been told, “sit in the from on the class” “you want the teacher to notice you”. As I went on to blantanlty ignore these notions, I have found myself struggling while trying to keep a low profile. I have learned that as one goes on to a higher level of education, it only gets harder. When I entered my freshman year of college in 2013, I was in for a rude awakening. I had no idea what I was in for and so, I learned the hard way. I went on my first two semesters thinking I can maintain a low profile of hiding in the back and getting my work done in my dorm room on my own. Little did I know, I was no longer in highschool and sitting in the front row is the first step to succeed not only with your teacher but with youself. Although it was initimidating at first to sit in the front row of a huge classroom with hundreds of students, I knew that I stood out. In the times that I struggled, I knew that my professor, would be able to put my face to my name. He was familiar with my work ethic and in that he would remeber me when the time came for grading. Of course, just because you sit in the front row does not make you an A student, however; sitting in the front allows for less distractions and a better understanding of the material as you will be able to hear the professor loud and clear. What I am trying to say, is that making a good impression to a teacher is not all about the teacher, it will benefit you as a student and lead you to future successes in life. Isn’t that what college is all about anyway?

  • Jiovanni Ortiz

    I always talk to my peers and classmates on how to get on a teacher’s good side or how to be their favorite. Until now, it has never occurred to me that introducing yourself to them before you have officially started the course will be one of them. I always felt that being on the teacher’s good side and becoming familiar with them will always help you do well in class. One semester in college I was enrolled in an accounting class that was for my major and I found myself utterly lost. But it didn’t stop me from being discouraged so I constantly asked questions and tried to answer questions I did know. I even had private chats with my professor to discuss what I was doing wrong and showed interest in trying to get better. She saw the potential in me and showing concern in my academics definitely put me on her good side. It never hurts to talk or build a relationship with your professor. They are after all there to help you learn and succeed. Even though she is a former professor at my college I still talk to her here and there to catch up and discuss how life is treating us and of course how my other classes are going.

  • Brendan O’Loughlin

    Although I have never
    introduced myself to one of my professors before the semester started I definitely
    make a point in leaving the best impression possible throughout the course of
    all my classes. When I enter the class on the first day I always make a point
    to introducing myself and shake the professor’s hand. To make sure the teacher
    remembers me and continually notices the positive interactions between us I
    think participation and attentiveness are very important. Being a part of the
    class, participating and answering classes will make us as students stand out
    and leave a lasting impression on our professors. It is important to
    communicate with the professor and ask for help if need be. Showing up on time
    to class and not skipping class will also help with the professor liking you.
    In my experience, most professors want to interact with the student and are
    there to help. Going to the office hours offered when you need help with
    something is a good way to get to know the professor and showing them that you
    care about the class and you want to do well. The student you are talking about
    definitely wanted to do well in the class and it goes to show us how the
    efforts he made affected the impression you (Prof. Verne) had of him before the
    class even started. It is not only good to make these efforts in having a
    professor like you before and during the class but at the end of the semester
    too. When I am done with my final for a particular class and I know it is the
    last time I will see the professor till next semester, I always shake his/her
    hand again and thank them for teaching me and the help I received during the
    semester. Having a teacher like you or not can definitely make the difference
    in a B+ turning into an A or A-.

  • Ronie Monje

    I think it’s a big plus when you make a good impression to your professors. When i changed my major last fall to marketing, I took marketing 101 and principples of selling two semesters ago with the same professor and the first thing I did was introduce myself and gave my professor a firm handshake and looked at her eye to eye and that’s how i became one of her favorites in class. i always volunteer and was very active in class and i stopped by at her office to ask questions about the class, what do i need to do in order to well and talk about life lessons with this proffesors. I also went a little overboard on my projects and did extra work and even tho it’s only been 3-4 weeks of the semester, she already told me that i should already know what grade im getting in those courses. for me, i think its very important to communicate with your professors so that they will know you more and understand on what to work on with myself through out the entire semester and because of these two courses, i applied the same method to my other courses which I realized what diffrence it made ever since then. i think showing your professor that you care and very intrested about the course and that you actually want to learn is another way to make yourself remarkable to your proffesor. Making a good impression and communication are one the big keys for a student to use in order to make a little difference which can be a big thing or help to bump your grades a little higher and help you get connections through your profesors.

  • Nancy Valencia

    It is very simple to get a professor to like you. They like a student who participates and shows enthusiasm even if it is NOT your favorite subject. In the past I have been in classes where I have no idea what is being taught and how I am going to pass. However, I make it my mission to ask questions and get in touch with my professor so that they learn my name and know whom I am. I am most of the time the last student in class taking midterms and finals. Show your professors the respect they deserve and need, to get through the semester. Students complain about four professors they have but imagine how many students our professors have…. 60? 80? Yeah I know. Compliment your professor about a topic you enjoyed or shoot them an e-mail. If you have a minute or two to spare after class, just thank your professor for e-mailing you back or helping you with an assignment. Help your classmates if they were late or absent and need notes, take initiative to help and take a load off your professor. Ask them about their weekends or holidays, they’re people too, just like any of us. It gives them a sense of “oh my student cares, how nice of them”. Only ask if you mean it though, they have antennas of sincerity. At the end of the semester I always like to thank them for all of their patience, help and dedication. The way you speak and act around your professor definitely has a lot to do with the grade you end up with at the end of the semester.

  • Tiannis Coffie

    Personally the first thing I do to get a professor to notice me is, I usually stay after class to formally introduce myself and ask them questions on the course. Then by the time the next class comes I make sure I am fully prepared by reviewing the material and having any question I might have had ready for class. I also pay attention to see if my questions can be saved for after class, so I don’t take up too much of everyone time. I constantly try sit in the front so as to be seen by the professor. Most importantly I believe the key to getting a professor to notice you is by visiting them during their office hours. Many students ignore professors when they tell them to visit them during these hours. However, speaking from experience I learned it is highly effective because it allows you to have that one-on-one interaction with your professor. It also helps them better understand you outside of the classroom and it allows students to understand and get to know their professor better.