We all know teachers can make or break a lesson. If you get a good teacher who can explain things simply and in an interesting way, well, even Chinese can become interesting. Get a teacher who doesn’t seem to know his/her stuff and/or who seems to pick on you all the time, even PE can seem like hell.
Here are 5 kinds of teachers that may annoy the hell out of you:
1. Lazy teacher
This teacher has not learnt what responsibility is. Responsibility is not just doing things, but doing things well. This teacher does everything by the books and he only does the bare minimal. He counts down every minute to when he can go home again. Most of the time, he will ask your class to do peer marking to minimise his own mark load. When the bell rings, he is the first to rush out of the classroom. If you ever go to him for consultations, he will give you the annoyed look that either implies, “why are you so stupid???” or “can’t you just let me slack???”. Luckily, most teachers are not like that. Or if you are a slacker yourself, unluckily, most teachers are not like that.
2. Blur teacher
A blur teacher may resemble a lazy teacher but it is not his fault! Or maybe it is. Extreme cases include explaining a concept halfway and forgetting where he is. But most of the time he is quite teacher-like except for the occasional “class, I forgot to bring your test papers today. Mock test will be postponed to next week” and “Oh you mean I haven’t given you all the consent forms? Oh shucks, I guess we can’t go on this learning journey.” Sometimes you wonder who is the teacher in the classroom.
3. Moralistic teacher (nice)
This teacher can’t seem to stop telling you about her life stories. Perhaps she just doesn’t want you to repeat the same mistakes she made. But what mistake can be bigger than failing your O levels because you are learning nothing from her class???
4. Moralistic teacher (fierce)
You are sure you can see a condescending frown on his face whenever you walk into his class. This teacher makes it clear that youngsters nowadays are too spoilt and too self-centred. Not to mention too rude.
5. Sports coach teacher
This teacher always gives you more than you know you can take. Extra homework? Check. Extra supplementary classes? Check. Crazy expectations? Check. For those of you who are doing sports, you see an uncanny resemblance between this teacher and your sports coach. Both want you to do well, so they push you to your limits. This teacher is the exact opposite of a lazy teacher. But due to parents’ complaints, this breed of teacher is dying out. Yay for students?
You may laugh at the above stereotypes of teachers, but remember, teachers are only human. They would never be as funny, as smart, as patient and as friendly as you envision them to be. Just like how you are not as studious, as smart, as polite and as friendly as they envision their students to be. Even if you are the most studious, smartest, politest and the friendliest student on the face of this earth and you think you don’t deserve such teachers, well the truth is, O levels and A levels will not cut you some slack just because you can’t or won’t pay attention in class.
So what do you do when you end up having terrible teachers in school?
#1 Learn whatever you can from your teachers and other sources
When in doubt, be thick skinned and ask questions. If that fails, consult your friends and your parents. If even that fails, look up tip 2.
#2 Get tuition.
You can’t choose your teachers in school, but you can choose your teachers outside of school. Get a tuition teacher who can actually teach you stuff. Do not just look at his credentials. The best A student can be terrible at explaining simple concepts. Sit through his lessons and if you do not absorb anything after a few lessons, it is time to jump ship. Remember, do not just get tuition because all your friends are doing it, or to put on a show for your parents. Be at tuition class to actually supplement your own learning. Because you are the one who makes or breaks your own learning.