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I Do Not Understand the Professor. Part 1


This article by writers will give a small recommendation on the interaction with the teachers, who, to put it mildly, not always clearly state the material of the lecture or another academic lesson. What if you do not comprehend the professor? Surely, there were times when your professor rushed through with the material explained or just did not clarify the key points.

You did not understand one thing at first, then you did not catch the other, then you just ceased to have an interest in the topic of the lecture and began to do your own business. Was it so? This always happened with all who studied. At the same time, many ask the following question: what to do in this situation? Is there any other way than to move away from the topic of the lecture and engage yourself in "important" matters? How to be if the material needs to be studied in any way? We will try to present the answers to these and other issues in an accessible form in this article.

In order to try to solve your problem, you first need to find out what the nature of your teacher misunderstanding is. Is it really only the professor who is to blame? Or maybe part of the blame is to be sought in you? In order to answer this question more or less accurately, look at your situation as if from outside.

Situation 1. You Do Not Understand Anything at All

What specifically do not you comprehend? If you do not catch anything at all, what the professor says, then, most likely, the reason for the misunderstanding is to be sought in you, because it is impossible to understand completely nothing that a person says. All the same, all professors are people, all speak English. In this situation, as we have said, the reason for your miscommunication of the professor's explanations lies in you.

Basically, this problem is due to the lack of a sufficient foundation of knowledge obtained at the early stages of the educational process. Simply put, you have learned badly earlier, and now those gaps in knowledge have become tangible. However, it is not our business to judge you for past deeds, because all situations are different and sometimes skipping classes is allowed for various reasons. But it is not the matter. The issue is that you want to correct the current situation and begin to understand the explanations of your professor.

So, if this is your fault, then you should not blame anyone but yourself. There is generally a good rule: thank the circumstances for all the successes, and blame only yourself for all the troubles. The rule is very useful, especially for bouncers and other lovers to show others who they are.

To begin to understand at least something that the professor explains, be prepared for another lecture. If you find it difficult to go deeply into the new material right away because of the knowledge gaps due to absenteeism, illness, etc., ask the teacher to give you the topics of the next 3-4 lectures so that you can read the relevant literature. This will allow you to be sure that the following classes will be held for you in a more interesting way, because you will comprehend the topic of the lecture.

Situation 2. You Do Not Understand the Part of What the Professor Says

It often happens that a student, for various reasons, does not catch only a part of the information coming from the professor. If such moments happen with you seldom, it is not terrible. In the end, rarely anyone can boast of being well versed in absolutely all the disciplines taught in the university.

However, if you do not understand the essence of the issue very often (5-6 times per lecture), then the information becomes disjointed, which subsequently leads to a loss of interest in the lecturer and the lecture.

Interest plays a very large role in the educational process. If you are not interested in learning new material, then no one professor of the world can explain to you one issue or another so that you catch everything that is needed.

One more thing. When you lose control over what is happening (in our case, you do not comprehend the essence of the professor's further dictations), then in 100% of cases, first internal and then external irritation begins.

Then this irritation turns into anger, first into closed, and after a while – into an open. Many people, unable to control their ravages of irritation and anger, can say such things that others may think that a person has broken loose. Sometimes, there is a similar behavior among students, especially during a turbulent youth.

It is always worth remembering 2 things:

  • If you are in a similar situation, then try to screw things up as little as possible;
  • A similar situation has long been explored and "implemented in practice" by other people, so why to be a silly fish that is caught twice with the same bait?

Therefore, it is the most reasonable way to proceed as follows. If you fail to apprehend the part of the material that the professor explains, do not rush to shout at the whole audience that you have problems. Be discreet. As practice shows, if you misunderstand something, then most likely your neighbors are no exception.

Consequently, there will be another person for sure who will ask clarifying questions to the professor. In most cases, the teacher's additional explanations make a clear picture for both the person who asked and everyone else, including you.

At the same time, how interesting it turns out: if you rarely ask the professor for clarifying questions, but only listen to the answers to those asked by other students, then the surrounding people will have the impression that you are quick to grasp everything, and accordingly you will be considered as "clever".

Maybe it is a trifle, but it is the recognition of one's fellow students that is one of the sweetest feelings a person experiences during group sessions (lectures, seminars, etc.). The need for recognition is very important in the student years, because it raises self-esteem, which has a positive effect on your confidence in the future.

Scream to the whole audience only when circumstances require you to understand the material right now, and not after a period of time. For example, you can ask for clarifications on how to fill in the tests at the test work, because the correctness of your task completion depends on the correct understanding. In addition, it will be useful for other students to know how to accurately fill out a control test.

Read the continuation in the second part of this article.

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