Get Challenged: Why Not to Filter Out the Tough Professors

Get Challenged: Why Not to Filter Out the Tough Professors
Get Challenged: Why Not to Filter Out the Tough Professors
Ah, the wonders of modern technology. Not only can we scrutinize online reviews of restaurants before we decide to eat there, but we can also read student critiques of college professors before choosing to take their classes! Online services such as Pick-a-Prof (now MyEdu.com) and RateMyProfessors.com are making it easier than ever for college students to find out which professors will load them down with homework and which will offer the highly sought-after "cake" classes.

College students visit these sites to read up on the good, the bad and the ugly of professors, often before they register for classes. Students also visit these sites to nit-pick professors’ quirks and eccentricities, reveal whether or not they have strict attendance policies, and weigh in on whether the professors’ class is easy or difficult. RateMyProfessors even has the option to place a chili pepper next to the profs you think are hot!

All hotness aside, a big reason students visit these sites is to see which professors are most likely to give them an easy A. While choosing these sorts of professors may boost your GPA, choosing only these professors could be detrimental to your educational experience. This practice is also not good preparation for the real world.

For instance, one professor may be rated as excellent, but you may decide not to take his class because of his strict attendance policies. While it’s nice to be able to ditch class every now and then so you can sleep in, real life is not so forgiving. If you do that enough times at work, you’re sure to get fired, no matter what line of work you choose. A professor who permits students to skip classes or is lenient in this area is not helping you build these key skills: punctuality, professionalism and priority-setting.

After graduation, students often don’t remember the easy professors that required little work from them. They remember the professor who assigned the creative project that took six weeks of work and effort. They remember the professor that required them to put together a portfolio that helped them land a job. They remember the major course that equipped them with the skills they needed to perform well in their career. The fact of the matter is that real life is challenging—there’s just no way around it. Do yourself a favor and sign up for the tough professors—you’ll emerge a better problem-solver, better-prepared to deal with difficult people, and better-prepared for the real world.
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/03/

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