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How to make your teacher work for you

Most people hate school. Most people hate teachers. Most people would like to do anything but be in a classroom, learning something. And because of that, most teachers have to force most people to do things. They do with attendance, or grading, or other such types of threatening behavior.

If you are not most people, that is, if you are in that small percentage of people who would like to learn what the class is teaching, you will probably find yourself surprised at how little attention you get from your teacher. That's because the teacher is busy with tracking down people who are ditching class, not paying attention, not coming to class prepared, explaining grading, explaining attendance policies, etc. But if you are in that small percentage and you do want to learn something, for example, Adobe software, you may be surprised how much help you can get from your teacher.

I've always made teachers work for me. To me, it is their job to share their knowledge, not to chase me down or tell me to bring a pen to class. You can do this, too. This is how:

• Ask specific questions. No, don't say, *how come we gotta do this stuff?* - leave that to the rest of the class. Ask something like, *what is the most important tool in Adobe Photoshop?*

• Demand explanations. There is no need to *suck up* to a teacher. You are paying for the class. If your teacher can't explain something that they are supposed to be an expert on, drop the class and get your money back. Your teacher should know why it's better to use Adobe Dreamweaver for web design than Adobe Photoshop. If they don't know the answer right there, give them a chance to get back to you on that. And hold them to it. If they can't, they are unqualified to teach that class.

• Avoid asking questions about grading, or attendance, or other trivial things. That was all written down in your syllabus. Your teacher is paid to be an expert on the subject they are teaching, not the fine details of your school's trivia. When you ask these questions to a teacher, you are telling them that you are not really interested in the subject.

• Be an adult. Personally, I've been an adult since I was 18. I've had students who are much older than that ask, *can I go home?* If you behave like a child, you will be treated like a child. I am not a child, and haven't been one for a very, very long time. If you are an adult, paying good money for a class, your teacher will recognize you, and will be glad to help you.

Make your teacher work for you!