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What Makes A Good Teacher?

Over my 17 years of schooling, I have had my fair share of teachers. Now, everyone knows no two teachers are the same and having a good teacher can either make or break a class. So I, along with a few friends, have compiled a list of what we think makes a good teacher:

  • Getting to know students. This one was repeated by every student I asked. When teachers take the time to get to know their students as people, rather than just a number in their class, it really helps. Also, knowing how a student spends the rest of their time – whether it be work, family or more school – can help the teacher to better understand the student.
  • Allowing students to get to know the professor. When students are more comfortable with a professor, they will not be afraid to ask for help or answer questions because they feel like they are talking with a friend and this can help the learning process.
  • Understanding all students are different. Just like no two teachers are the same, no two students are the same either. Some students learn visually while others learn from the hands-on approach. It is important for teachers to take this into consideration as this can greatly affect how the student comprehends the information given.
  • Willingness to help students. When teachers have multiple office hours to assist students it is super helpful. Some teachers will only have one day when they have office hours, but some students may have class during those times. When teachers are willing to work with students schedules to assist them, it shows that they actually care for the students and want them to succeed.
  • Reviewing work. When teachers hand back graded work with no suggestions for improvement, it is not helpful. The best way to learn is from our mistakes, so when teachers actually mark up our work and show us where we went wrong, it really helps us get the best out of our learning experience.
  • Giving chances for extra credit. When teachers give options for extra credit, it is so helpful. You can make one mistake on one quiz at the beginning of the semester, and your grade may take a hit for the whole semester. But if teachers give options for extra credit -whether it be attending an MC event or making a study guide – it allows students the chance to not have the entire semester defined by one mistake.


These are just some of the things we think makes teachers great. I want to thank everyone who gave me their input and if you have any other ideas that you think make someone a good teacher, please comment below.

Cassidy Colbert

I am a 19-year-old lifelong resident of Damascus, Maryland. I am in my 3rd semester as a part-time student at MC. I plan on getting my Associates Degree in the next couple of years and then transferring to the University of Maryland at the Universities at Shady Grove (health permitting).

MC has been my academic home for the past year and I could not be happier. I started off my collegiate experience at Salisbury University in the fall of 2015, but due to my Chronic Lyme Disease, I was forced to drop out. I thought my academic life was over, as I was too ill to handle a full course-load, but that is when I discovered the part-time option at MC. MC gave the choice to take as many, or as few classes as I wanted, and because of this, I am now back on track to getting my degree. MC also offered me disability support services to further assist me in accomplishing my dreams.

I hope that this blog can help other students like me to see that even though they may not be taking the “traditional” route towards higher education, MC offers load of opportunities that will get us where we want to go. Whether you aren’t sure where you want to end up in life, or have another obstacle, like a chronic illness or disability, you can still reach for the stars and accomplish anything they want to here at MC. 

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Good suggestions, Cassidy. It’s great that you also got the opinion of other students as well. For me, it was always clarity. If a teacher mumbled, spoke too slow or fast or knew the material and assumed we did too, it was a deterrent to staying engaged in the class. And yes, some are personable (letting you get to know them) and some simply are not. So, it’s good to do your research by asking prior students of their experience (and NOT just an ‘easy’ prof). Your grade and well being may depend on it.

  2. Great job Cassidy! I loved all of these descriptions for a professor because I am happy to say I have had professors who fit right into these descriptions lol. Either way, thank you for sharing!

  3. I totally agree with your post about the qualities of what makes a good teacher. Some students expect more from teachers and others do not. It also depends on the student and what they are willing to take from the teacher’s teachings. Willingness to help students. It is important for teachers to take the extra step to make sure the student understands the teachings. Many students are afraid to ask for help because it would make them look “less educated”; however, that is never the case. I can really relate to what you said! I think you did a great job at this!

  4. yassss girl preach!!! extra credit is clutch. honestly speaking most professors who get to know the students are just generally more invested as well. =] great work, keep it up!

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