How to be a ‘good’ student

Want to be a good student? Here is what you need to do:

  1. Show up on time to every class. Better yet, be 10-15 minutes early.
  2. Make sure you have ALL of your supplies and books.
  3. Sit quietly and listen to the teacher. Only ask questions when prompted to do so.
  4. Assignments should be handed in on time and make time to study every night.

This is what our ‘common sense’ tells us we should be doing to be a good student. If each of these points fits you, you probably have a stable household with money to support you through your education without having to pay the bills and outside stresses are likely minimal to avoid distractions from studying. This common sense idea of what we need to do to be a good student caters towards the white, able-bodied, middle class group of people.

These common sense ideas make it difficult for many people to see the groups who do not fit these ideals for what a student should be doing. And the students who do not fit what we see as being a ‘good’ student are often left out and can fall behind in some classes as a result.

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