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Five Characteristics Teachers Look for in Students

March 27th, 2018 by Christine Chadwick

Everyone is different and no teacher will try to stop someone being who they are. However, in the classroom there will be certain characteristics a teacher will be looking for. Striving to exhibit these can really push a student to the fore in the class and help them achieve their best. Some of the most important characteristics are listed below:

1. Motivation

Motivated students take initiative without being told to do so. They show self-discipline by completing all required work and exhibit persistence by not giving up after one setback. Think twice before asking "Is this going to be on the test?" If you look to cut corners, your teacher is likely to question your work ethic.

2. Organisation

An organised student uses time and materials effectively, and is aware of the teacher's expectations. An organised student is likely to keep graded assignments, back up electronic files, and refer to a calendar with upcoming due dates. With these habits, you can overcome unexpected setbacks and keep track of time.

3. Flexibility

Flexibility is a characteristic that demonstrates respect for others. Can you adapt if a scheduled lab activity is moved earlier or postponed? Can you balance extracurricular activities, work, and your studies? Can you remain patient if the teacher needs to go over something you understood but another student hasn't? Learning how to become and stay flexible is an ability that will serve you well in the classroom and beyond.

4. Good Character

Students who have good character make favorable choices, act responsibly, and display empathy. Academic dishonesty can earn you an F as a school student. Later in life, it can result in expulsion from college or being fired from your job. Talent and ambition may be disregarded if a person does not possess basic people skills. Are you open to new ideas and situations? Can you take criticism gracefully and offer suggestions to others in a constructive way? Would you speak up for a student who was being bullied? All of these situations can put your character to the test.

5. Optimism

Optimists manage better when faced with difficult circumstances. In social contexts, it's more enjoyable to be around someone who thinks positively than someone who assumes everything will go wrong. Optimistic people also fare better in the workforce because they make the best of uncomfortable situations.

Categories: Study skills