You’ve probably heard the saying “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” It’s true, and quickly making a good impression on your teacher is an essential part of having a successful school year. And don’t worry — you don’t have to be the smartest kid in the class to get a teacher to appreciate you. In reality, attitude and effort are usually the most important elements in making a good impression.
Being Friendly and Helpful:
Introduce yourself at the first opportunity: Talk to the teacher for a minute or so if possible. This shows that you aren’t afraid to socialize and that you have confidence. Most teachers like a student with a lot of confidence. Walk up to your teacher confidently, make eye contact, extend your hand, and say something like “It’s nice to meet you, Mr. Robert. I’m Wilson, and I’m really looking forward to Maths class this year.
Happy Face: Smile at every reasonable opportunity. Teachers love happy students. It is important to look like you’re enjoying yourself (even if you’re not always!) during class.
Some people recommend “dressing for success” as a student — that is, wearing slightly more refined, stylish clothes than comfy sweats, etc. — in order to make a good impression.
Assist other students: Tutors are always outnumbered in the classroom and therefore are almost always receptive to a helping hand with students who need a bit of assistance. If you have a knack for the topic being covered or the current activity, offer to help out another student who is having a more difficult time.