17 Times Your College Professor Said Something More Confusing Than Anything In A Textbook

17 Times Your College Professor Said Something More Confusing Than Anything In A Textbook

"You should remember this from [other class], so I won't cover it." Yikes.
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It's midterm season, y'all, and it's a crazy time in college students' lives. If you haven't been paying extremely close attention in class, there's a good chance that you are completely lost by anything that your professor says. If you spend every class session mouth agape and eyes wide staring blankly towards the front of the room, this one's for you.

1. "Let's review the homework due last night."

There was homework?!? Yikes, another zero in the grade book there.

2. "Are there any questions about what we just covered?"

Nope, there are no questions, because I don't even understand what I don't understand.

3. "If you turn to page 300 in your textbook..."

There's a textbook in this class? And we have to bring it to class?

4. "For the test next week..."

There's a test? Next week?? Good luck on that one...

5. "Please come ask questions during my office hours."

I don't even know where this building is. I don't even have questions.

6. "You can find that in the syllabus."

I have like 8 syllabi, I have no idea where that is, can't you just tell me the answer.

7. "If you want to see your results, come to my office hours."

I have to go out of my way just to see what I got wrong? Again, I don't know where your office hours are.

8. "Please send all questions to the TA, not me."

You really can't just answer my simple question? I have to track down another person?

9. "Please don't use laptops in this class."

I have to buy a notebook? I don't think I even remember how to write.

10. *Crams two chapters worth of material in one class session*

Yup, I didn't get a single word of that.

11. "No eating or drinking in this class."

I am thirsty 24/7 and you want me to sit here for over an hour without drinking water? OK.

12. "You should remember this from [other class], so I won't cover it."

Uhm, I took that class my freshman year, I definitely do NOT remember that, so can you please just refresh it?

13. *Doesn't put in test grades for months*

Because nothing causes panic like not knowing if you're passing or failing until the end of the semester.

14. "I'm disappointed that the average was so low."

If everyone's grades are low, it's probably not our faults?!? Maybe if things were explained better...

15. "If you could all fill out the online evaluation form..."

Listen, I have absolutely no idea what's going on in this class, so that form will not be pretty.

16. *Doesn't respond to any e-mails*

I think a week was more than enough time to answer my extremely basic question...

17. "Really, nobody has any questions? Last call..."

Really, I really have no idea what is going on and cannot put words together to ask a single coherent question.

Good luck on all your exams, and hopefully your professors get a little easier to understand!

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To The Teacher Who Inspired Me To Be A Teacher

You changed my path in life for the better.

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In kindergarten, when we were asked what we wanted to be, my answer would always be either a princess or a teacher. As I grew up, somewhere along the way I obviously knew I would never be a princess; I lost the desire to be a teacher. It did not seem like something I would do well in and it did not seem rewarding. I decided that if everything worked out, my dream was to be an actress, which is highly unattainable; if that ended up not happening I had no idea what to do with my life. Granted, I really did not need to know in middle school or in the first part of high school. However, I always like to have my life a little bit planned out in my head. Throughout the years that I had my mind set on NOT being a teacher. Although, little signs would pop up that maybe I should be one. Whenever we would take career tests at school, or I would take quizzes, and someone would tell me what they could see me being, they would all say a teacher. At the time this frustrated me because I made my mind up to never be one. Things started to change around the end of sophomore year.

When I went to high school, I for some reason chose drama class over choir class. I had never taken a drama class before; I wanted to try it out for something new, and because I liked watching my brother act in plays and improv skits. I wanted to try it out and see if it could be my thing. It was my first class at my new school. Little did I know that my teacher was going to be experiencing her first day at this school too. I instantly thought she was fun and I thoroughly enjoyed her class freshman year. I ended up staying close to her the next year.

My sophomore year, I started to be iffy about if I really did not want to be a teacher. I started to think about teaching again. I had my favorite teacher again the next year, but this time for English! She was so enthusiastic about a subject that I adored, and she brought her enthusiasm to class every day! What I loved most about her was that she never failed to show she cared about her students. She ended up being my mentor, teacher, and as I started to call her, my bestie. I could go to her between every class and after school to rant or just get some amazing pep talks. She never failed to comfort me but also give me a sometimes brutally honest opinion. Which is just what I needed. Most of all she showed me the rewarding parts of being a teacher.

To my teacher/bestie, you will never know just how appreciative I am of everything you did for me in high school. I do not think I would have made it through if you were not my teacher. You helped me with things as minuscule as proofreading some terrible papers, to being the room I could run to when things just were not going well for me. I learned what a teacher should be through watching you. You are an amazing example of a great teacher, an excellent mentor, and a Godly woman. Thank you for everything you have done for me, and for still being my friend even while I am in college. I am so grateful that I decided to take drama instead of choir freshman year.

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