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What Makes A Good Student?

Now that we know what students think make a good teacher, I thought I would find out what teachers think make a good student.  Now I don’t just mean the basic, “show up for class” or “do the work.” I set out to find out what really makes a good student. So I asked around to some professors, and this is what they said.

A good student is:

 Organized. According to the professors I asked, students who come prepared succeed further in class. This means coming with all the right supplies (it is college-you should have a pencil), getting your work in order, and knowing what you are going to be doing in class. Most teachers give a schedule in their syllabus, so take a peek at the beginning of each week so you know what to expect.

Curious. A student who gets excited and is passionate about the subject they are learning about is bound to do better. Think about it; if you are interested in a class, you will pay attention more just in order to further your knowledge on a subject. So get curious! If you aren’t curious about the class, maybe it is not the best fit for you. If you need the class to graduate, try to find some aspect of the class that excites you.

Attentive. In order to succeed, you need to pay attention. Read the directions, listen when the teacher is speaking and be conscientious of what is going on in the class.

Self-Aware. A student who knows what kind of learner they are – visual, physical or auditory – can use this to their advantage. If you know how you learn best, you can figure out a way either on your own (bring your computer if you do better with that) or with your teacher (ask if you can record the lesson to listen to later) to integrate this style into your lesson.

If you practice these 4 suggestions, I am confident you will be a better student and further succeed here at MC or anywhere else you may go.Students

Thank you to all the professors who gave me your input!

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. 

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  1. I totally agree with your post on what makes a good student. Of course you could add more on the list, however, I think this sums it all up! Being a good student whether you are in middle, high, or college is super important because you can take these skills with you along the way in the future!

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