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How do you approach a teacher? - January 11th 2009, 08:04 PM

I'm not really good at talking to teachers when I need to ask them for help. I just find it difficult, and I tend to chicken out, even when I really need their help with something. I'm not why I have this fear, or whatever, but I can't get over it. But this semester, I am really trying to build better connections with my teachers, and ask for help when I need it, but I can't really do that if I have a hard time talking to my teachers. BTW... It is mainly male teachers that I have problems with. I just... am confused on what to do. Any advice would be appreciated.
   
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Re: How do you approach a teacher? - January 11th 2009, 08:13 PM

Go to them after class so there's no issue of dealing with other people being around you. Also, the teachers aren't all mean and nasty, some are, some are also pricks, and many are nice. Go to their office and just say "hey mr./mrs./ms. [name], I'm in [class] and am struggling with [list topics], can you explain them" or something very basic like that. There's no need for some big extravagant introduction to them. You could say your name or not, up to you. After they've sorted you out, you can chat about anything else, such as hockey, fashion, upcoming assignments, the teacher's decision to become a teacher, etc... . Or, don't take that route and go there simply to get them to sort you out and be off.

Don't worry on how you look to them or how they think of you. People will judge you and you will judge people. If you say no to those, you're lying. As for how they'll think of you or how you look or whatever you're worrying about, who cares? You've got the power to report them or get others to side with you to bring them down. It's pretty much a win-win.
   
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Re: How do you approach a teacher? - January 11th 2009, 08:26 PM

Most teachers are more than willing to help you and it is their job to teach you as much as possible. And a lot of teachers will actually give you more respect if you ask for help as it means that you are willing to learn and try your best. You should ask your teachers after class, if you are uncomfortable doing so during class. You could always shoot them an e-mail or write them a note.


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Re: How do you approach a teacher? - January 11th 2009, 08:30 PM

thanks. I guess I am just nervous because I want to get help when I don't understand something but I don't like asking for help because then I feel stupid.
   
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Re: How do you approach a teacher? - January 11th 2009, 08:31 PM

You should probably just say you need help with (something) and want to get help (before/after school/ during a study hall if you have 1). teachers hear this ALL THE TIME, so they wont think anything of it, and hopefully be able to help. good luck with your classes.


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Re: How do you approach a teacher? - January 11th 2009, 08:37 PM

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thanks. I guess I am just nervous because I want to get help when I don't understand something but I don't like asking for help because then I feel stupid.
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Re: How do you approach a teacher? - January 11th 2009, 08:37 PM

Well I am usally like that to if I am in a big class room. U sally just stare at the wall.. and they come and ask if I need help themselves.
But some dont they just think you quite working on what you were supposed to be doing.
If you have a problem asking for help because your in a class room with like 20 people and its a male teacher I would wait after class and tell him that you dont really have confidence to ask for help and if he would help you


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Re: How do you approach a teacher? - January 11th 2009, 08:39 PM

Don't think about it so much.
None of the teachers are going to judge you or laugh in your face, because they are there to help and when you ask they'll be glad to help you. Just talk to them as you would anyone and tell them your having a little trouble getting a hang of what your learning, and wanted to know if there was anything you could do to understand the material better. The teacher will probably be glad that you asked, and they wont think your stupid at all. Good luck !





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