- Will this be on the test? and
- Did I miss anything important?
- E-mail with bad spelling and grammar.
The most annoying miscellaneous issue:
- Asking about something that is already in the syllabus.
What’s on my list (all of these are in the polls, but weren’t the top vote getters)?
- I never, ever, experienced this in other parts of the country, but students in Utah don’t knock before entering your office. This goes beyond annoying — I think it’s unsettling.
- E-mailing assignments without your name … or class … or assignment number … in the filename.
- Expecting individualized testing (make-ups).
- Expecting me to bring their papers to class repeatedly, so they don’t have to retrieve them from my office because they skipped.
- This one has faded a bit with new technology, but students who leave messages without a contact number (or e-mail address), yet still expect a response.
- Here’s one that’s growing: students who can’t be bothered to check what they got wrong on their exams. I am now having whole classes where no one even asks to see their exam. Baaa … baaa
- Here’s another growing one: students who are doing poorly but won’t even try the extra credit. I only give extra credit in classes where they’ll need it because I already know it’s a tough one … but now the sheep won’t even try the extra credit.
And one more odd one:
- I’m totally OK with students calling me by my first name. Except that the only ones who actually want to do that are already either clueless about boundaries, or out to get something. It’s like the perfect litmus test for a student who will have other undesirable behaviors. I have had large numbers of students who are smarter than I am, graduate and get better jobs, and will still call me doctor or professor years down the road … because that’s just what conscientious people do.