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September 02, 2014

"10 Things Every College Professor Hates"

Pretty much nailed it. #2 is probably the most apt:

Don’t ask the professor if you “missed anything important” during an absence.

No, you didn’t miss anything important. We spent the whole hour watching cats play the theremin on YouTube!

Of course you missed something important! We’re college professors! Thinking everything we do is important is an occupational hazard. Here’s an alternative way to phrase it: “I’m so sorry I missed class. I’m sure it was awesome.”


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After sitting in classed for some 22 years as a student, I always hated it when fellow classmates would ask after a lecture if "That was going to be on the test...". Drove me bonkers.


Different tack from this from a self-pay student:

I paid for this. My tuition for this semester was x, classes = 2, lectures = 16. Tuition/2/16 = what I paid for this lecture. If I need a little extra coffee or Mountain Dew to make it through the arcane parts, so be it. Professor not responsible for my knowledge/success, only the messenger.


9 and 10 are pretty weak and show author bias.

Just because the number of women in the Senate isn't equal to the proportion in the general population doesn't mean that women are underrepresented as a fact. So the statement of feminist opinion is not misrepresenting a fact as opinion.

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