What to do if your teacher sucks
Sucky teachers are everywhere.
Some are bad at teaching material, some have favourites, and some are straight up bullies.
Getting a bad teacher throughout high school is inevitable. But before you go giving up on the subject altogether, pull yourself together and have a skip through this guide.
1. Be honest with yourself
Throughout life, you’ll have to work alongside people you aren’t fond of. And vice versa. This is simply one of life’s ugly truths. But the sooner you accept it, the easier it gets.
When you don’t like someone, it’s easy to blame them for all your problems.
It’s easy to blame your brother for the messy kitchen, it’s easy to blame your mum for your forgotten lunch, and it’s easy to blame your teacher for your failed grades.
But when dealing with a bad teacher, it’s important to be cautious with your words and honest with yourself. This isn’t to let them off the hook, but it’ll definitely give you a bit more control over the situation. Try out this simple exercise to get started:
In one column, write down all the problems you have with your teacher. Then, in the other, write down all the possible ways you could’ve contributed to these problems. Eg:
Before you confront your teacher, it’s important that you take the steps to resolve things from your end (addressing those things in the right-hand column).
This simple exercise can help you assess your problems, and take effective steps to tackle them.
2. Have a chat to them
While you might be of the impression your teacher is an evil lizard incapable of understanding human emotion – I can assure you they’re not.
They’re a real human being, with real insecurities and flaws, just like you. No teacher wants to be known as a bad teacher (even if they are), and even the worst teachers probably haven’t the faintest idea what their students are saying behind their back.
It’s likely that your teacher would probably be pretty horrified if they found out that you believed they weren’t doing their job.
If you’ve completed Step 1, and taken all possible changes to improve your relationship, you have every right to confront your teacher if you feel you’re still being treated unfairly. Email them and ask to meet in person, and discuss some concerns you’ve been having with your learning.
In the meeting, try your best not to play the blame game. Take responsibility for where you are, address your worries about your relationship, and work out a compromise or solution together.
After this, if your teacher’s behaviour doesn’t improve, you can take things further with a school administrator or your parents. But first, you must have proof you’ve made an effort to resolve things personally.
3. Chart your own course
So you’ve done everything you can, and you’re still stuck in this damn class with your terrible teacher. Your knowledge is waning, your motivation is at an all-time low, and you’re pretty sure you’re going to fail this upcoming internal you’ve got. StudyTime is here to spit some hard truths again: if you give up on your subject altogether, you are the only person who’s going to lose out.
University Entrance is not going to care whether Mrs. Smith didn’t understand the difference between teaching a classroom and a totalitarian dictatorship. They’re just gonna see you got no credits in Stats and move on.
Today, you’re living in an age where information is available at the click of a button. If your teacher can’t provide you with the right knowledge to pass your assignments, it’s not an excuse to fail the entire subject.
It’s up to you to learn on your own and decide your own fate in this classroom.
Do your own study outside of school. Buy some kick-ass resources to help you. Look into getting a tutor to make up for class time. Work out everything you still don’t understand, and watch some educational videos that explain them. Dedicate an hour after school everyday to going through your class content and making sure you understand it. Study with a smart friend who has done this standard before. Ask questions when you don’t get it. Show up early to class and try your very best to be nice to your sucky teacher. It might just pay off in your favour.