Personality Clash: How to Survive a Professor You Don’t Like

It’s an unfortunate truth that you won’t like all of your professors. Whether it’s their teaching style or their irritable nature, there’s always that one professor you dread. What’s even more frustrating is that this person you don’t like is in total control over your grade. You have to get along. Here are some simple tips and tricks to surviving a semester with a professor you dislike.

 Practice Civility

No matter how much you dislike your professor, they’re still in charge. You must show them civility and respect in every encounter. Your grade depends on it. You don’t have to be best buddies, but you do have to treat them with the same respect you would treat your boss, a police officer, or a judge. You do not have the right to talk back, roll your eyes, or mouth off (at least to their face.) Being civil is part of being an adult, and part of being a student. So, buck up and be nice.

Try to Gain Perspective

As you attend class and lectures, try to gain some perspective on how your professor’s life or circumstance may be causing behaviors that bother you. You might not learn to like your professor, but you might learn to appreciate their efforts a little more.

Find a Gripe Buddy

Sometimes you just have to whine about it. Find a friend you trust and get it out of your system in private. Make sure that you don’t complain to people who would talk to your teacher about it, and make sure to do it in a place your instructors wouldn’t overhear. However, getting it out of your system is healthy.

Grit Your Teeth and Get Through It

In life, you’re going to work with people that drive you crazy. The only thing you can do is learn to get your head down and work with them the best you can. Be kind, be civil, but get through it.

You don’t have to like your teachers to get good grades. All you have to do is be respectful and do the work. It’s ok to gripe to a friend about it, and it’s ok not to like your instructors. However, you do have to work with them. So, grit your teeth and get through it. It’s worth it in the end.

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