Teachers love their students, but there is always one who is better than the rest. That is the one and only, teacher’s pet. It’s the person the teacher gives the most attention to and praises the most. For other’s, who is not the teacher’s pet, they can get annoyed quickly. But, as for the teacher’s pet, they love every second of there time in this role. As teacher’s pet, you can get away with anything. If you accidentally forget to turn in an assignment, you can quickly go to your teacher, put on your puppy dog face, and get an extension with no penalties. But, we get it, it’s hard to become teacher’s pet. We are here to make it easy for you. Here are our tips that are 100% effective in becoming teacher’s pet.
(Warning: These can only work if you are still in high school or attend a small college. For those in larger D1 schools try these tips out and see if they work. If they do work, let us know.)
Write A Bio Email
After the first day of school, write an email to each professor and tell them about yourself. Don’t give them your life story, no professor want’s to know the hospital you were born at or how much you weighed when you came out of your mommy. It can be a long email but make it simple. The first section of your email should tell them your name, major, where you are from, and what year you are. It doesn’t have to be in that order, but you get the point. Continue your email with these words, “here is a little about myself.” Section two should state your plans for the future. What do you want to do after college? This tells them that you have a drive and desire to succeed. For those who don’t have a plan, make one up, but make it realistic. Don’t tell the English professor you want to be a time traveler. Section three is where you need talk about how the class will benefit you in the future and how much you look forward to learning their material. It’s almost like kissing their ass. Your last section is where you need to wrap it up but by pulling at the heartstrings. Do something sappy, like you hope to be inspired by this class or by the professor. Don’t make it too silly or they will see what you are trying to do. This will take a lot of work, especially if you are doing this for every professor you have, but it will pay off in the end.
Work Hard The First Week Or Two
One of the best ways that you can become someone that teachers adore is to simply work hard. If you put 100% into everything that you do, whether this is coursework, exams, and tests, or speaking up in class, then you have an opportunity to show your teachers that you mean business. Of course, some students don’t like this part of becoming teacher’s pet, but by working hard during the first week or two, it will show the professor you are here to work. By Week Three you can then space out and pretend you are paying attention. By taking notes and asking or answering questions the first couple of weeks, it will distract the professor by seeing that you are hard working. But, later on when you are working on another assignment in class, they will think you are taking notes, but you are attempting to get that ten-page assignment done before midnight. Try to look up a few times, so it looks like you are taking notes of the class. Just a little effort the first couple weeks and you are golden.
However, when you actually work hard throughout the entire time you are in school or college, rather than just the first couple of weeks, the results are more than just becoming a teacher’s pet. You get the reward of working hard in the form of getting into college or getting onto the university course you’ve always dreamed of. You will find that if you work hard now, then this is something that will stay with you for a lifetime, and you won’t have to work so hard to be a teacher’s pet. Simply just working hard, in general, will get you noticed. The great news is that it is more than possible to stay a teacher’s pet for a long time, long after you’ve left high school or college. A great impression lasts a lifetime, and just like you remember your best teachers, teachers remember their best students.
Physics and math teacher Joerg Zimmermann and his students stand in a ‘Cyber-Classroom’ at the Thomas Strittmatter secondary school in St. Georgen im Schwarzwald, Germany, 12 May 2017. The ‘Cyber-Classroom’ allows the experience of class subjects via virtual worlds. The German minister of education sees the cyber classroom as a model for the future. The ‘Gymnasium’ in the Black Forest tests the application. Photo: Patrick Seeger/dpa
Where: St. Georgen im Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
When: 12 May 2017
Credit: Patrick Seeger/picture-alliance/Cover Images Being annoying is more specific in the digital field. Sure, go ahead and ask questions in class but that will get your peers to get annoyed by you. Email, by emailing your questions and letting them know how you feel about your assignments will tell them that you care about the work. But, not only does it show them you care about the work you also get information for yourself in the project or assignment you are working on. So, it’s a win-win for both of you. Do keep in mind, don’t be too annoying or your professor will point out how often you are emailing them and say that you need to figure it out for yourself.
Try To Make Conversation
Either at the beginning of class or after class, go up to your professor and ask them a question about the course. After maybe try starting a conversation. If they take the bait, keep the conversation going. You want to become their friend. Not their BFF but a friend. Like a step above acquaintance. This will help you in communicating with your professor but also give them the idea that you are a fun and interactive student.
Make your ambitions known
Becoming a teacher’s pet will involve you discussing what it is you want from your future. A teacher’s pivotal role is to help their students do well in their studies and achieve their goals. Not every student will be so passionate about this, but if you want to stand out and become noticed by your teacher, then this is the direction you need to take. You will find that your teacher is very eager to help you. Many love the rewarding nature of their role and will do everything they can to ensure you fulfill your passions.
If you can make your ambitions known and showcase your passion for the subject or career path you want to embark on, the teacher will see that you are serious about your studies and be more inclined to help you achieve this.
For example, if you are currently studying nursing at college but have ambitions of becoming a leader in healthcare, then applying for a Ph.D in nursing is a must. If your teachers or lecturers know your aspirations and have got to know you on a personal level, they may be able to push you in applying and then completing the course itself. As the application process for a Ph.D. degree requires two letters of recommendation, it is vital that those who provide these for you know who you are, what you do to work hard in school or college and give you a positive helping hand in getting onto the course. You may find your letter of recommendation isn’t the standard generic one either, as by being a teacher’s pet, they will have a closer relationship with you than they do with other students. Embarking on this could see it influencing your entire career.
Manners are what sugar coats your final victory to becoming teacher’s pet. Your simple, please and thank you, you’re welcome, holding the door open, telling them to have a beautiful day, simple polite responses. Being respectful to a professor will make them smile on any day. Say they are having a bad day, by you being polite to them and making them will let them see that you are someone who deserves to have a gracious professor. A professor who gives you extensions when you need it or won’t get upset if you forget to come to class.
Overall, you do need to try in your classes. This isn’t an article to get you to slack off. They will help you to become teacher’s pet, but it won’t help you pass a course. Hard work will get you to where you want to go. Try these tips out and watch your status grow from regular student to teacher’s pet.