Lecturers and students relationship
Some students find it difficult to cope with some lecturers in school due to some challenges they may the student might be facing which may be unknown to the course lecturers. This may be as a result of the students not finding the course interesting or the teacher in particular s dull ‘not interesting too’ or the student might be seen as a slow learner which may result to him or her (the student) not assimilating effectively and efficiently immediately the lecturer is demystifying a particular course.
Some students lack interest in education as pursuit, also may result to their not being active during the course of the lecturer. Others may be bright students but the family controversies and peer pressures that they are identified with, in one way or the contribute to a measurable degree in their lagging behind academically which is not supposed to be on the other around. Some lecturers make things very difficult for the students in that the during the course of their lectures feels lackadaisical in observing whether their students are following ‘understanding’ or not.
What they know is just to be teaching/ lecturing marathon without putting their students into consideration which is one of the menace that has ravaged our educational system ‘most especially, our Africa society’ given birth to majorly the case of examination malpractice. Because when there is no mutual relationship (understanding) academic wise between the student and the lecturer, it helps the moral decadence of the student because the student will involve him/herself in the matter of tactics to make sure they pass the exams even when the student knows vividly well that he/she is not ready for the examination ‘but one thing is certain, I must make my A’s whether by hook or crook;’ and this act splashes back at the society in general because tomorrow these students will be a doctor, chief judge, an engineer, accountant general or at most a lecturer too. What is he/she expected to give back to the society? You can’t give what you don’t have, they say. How can a student who didn’t understand the calculation taught him by the lecturer during his/her days in school due the lecturers’ fault of teaching well without seeking out for the comprehension of his students or the student not having interest in the course. Now teaches another generation of students under him/her what he does not know thereby spreading this virus like HIV/AIDS because those people he/she gave that wrong information/teaching will bring it like that to them next generation after them which everyone can see its dividend in our society at large ranging from incompetence in our political sector to our economy sector down to our educational sector also, etc. It is grotesque to expect a 21stcentury society to still be deliberating on crude matters such as these. The act of a lecturer lecturing and the student not understanding to a measurable degree makes the student grouch and grizzle. And it is very paramount and pivotal to address issue that has gripped our academic society especially in Africa and has ripped it of its supposed relevance in the building of this moral attitude of the students that will lead the nation tomorrow because they say“ you harvest what you plant”
Here below, we will be dishing out some salient tips that will help guide our Nigeria students most especially and any other individual who may find this material helpful in building a better relationship with the lecturer for the benefit of both the lecturer and the student.
- Prayer: Prayer is the master key. This is where you lay i.e. train, inculcate and hatch those lecturers and their courses in the spirit before God Almighty. On wise man once said that the spiritual controls the physical. So you bring those lecturers and their courses in the place of prayer before God. For a heart to heart connection when they will be teaching their course. By so doing you start.
- Knowing the name of your lecturer: some lecturers feel happy when their students know their names and by so doing, the lecturers will get to know their students’ names too. This makes for a heart to heat and head to head connect between the later and the former
- Know your lecturer in person: you can know your lecturers’ home but don’t know him/her in person as those have a way of limiting the access you will have with him/her. Because you can enter one lecturer’s office and tell him/her what you are looking for, a lecturer may ask you that if you see the person can you know them, you say no, that is the end
- Know their office if possible: this will have a way of helping a student that didn’t understand fast to have a way of following up by going for some cumbersome question. The student may encounter whilst studying. It also helps the bright students to be far better.
- Attendance in Class: some lecturers know that students ‘facially and individually’ so that is what works for some lecturers. Absenteeism from class will cause a student more harm than good before a lecturer that works with this principle of mandatory/compulsory attendance of his/her lectures.
- Positive participation in class: some students constitute nuisance in class which lecturer mark those bad eggs amongst the good one’s for the day of reckoning. But once you positively contribute in the class reasonably there is no way/how the lecturer will not want to know you. ‘that you try and fail the first time does not qualify you as a failure’ positive participation in class is a major key in this lecturer-student healthy relationship
- Know your lecture pattern: as a student you must try to know your lecturers pattern by so doing you can connect when he/she is teaching. Knowing his pattern includes knowing textbooks he uses, how he/she teaches, if he/she hates noise or unnecessary distractions. If he or she enjoys a lively or contributive class. When the student observes this principles and abides by them, that when the lecture will interesting more than ever.
- You as a student can go for external materials: you can get their books/academic materials relating to that particular course as these materials will help increase your understanding greatly so when you talk, you talk like your lecturer and this will make your lecturer to be happy and have a great delight in you as his/her student that makes him/her proud.
- Seek to add value positively to your lecturers life: when you positively add value to your lecturers life. It gladdens his/her heart and give you the student access to the lecturer. Like when you help him/her with the running errands etc.
- Appreciation: there is no one person that you appreciate always that is likely to forget you so easily. Per-time you need to appreciate your lecturer either as individual (personally) or as a class as this is a way or tendency of creating a strong lecturer-student relationship. It will be very easily for your lecturer to guide you in certain cumbersome academic challenges to might oppose you as a student
- There are some little things that you can add to spice up this relationship as a student that will greatly increase your mutual understanding with your lecturers