What Makes a Good Student?

What Makes a Good Student?

Lauren Hill, Associate Editor

Take a moment to think of that one perfect student- the one who seems to satisfy all of their teacher’s wishes. What makes them such a great student? What do teachers look for?

The first step on the journey to becoming a good student is a desire to learn and grow. Mrs. Burr, seventh grade teacher commented that “A good student is a student who wants to be here, who is okay with making mistakes and enjoys learning and the challenges that go along with it. I think what makes a good student is a desire to be better. We are all students, right? I am a student. You have to be willing to put yourself out there and take risks.”

Mr. Hancock, ninth and twelfth-grade teacher said, “A good student is a student who is curious. Just be curious.”

Sometimes we may feel like we are good students in some classes but struggle in others. Some may feel that if they are not the smartest in the class, they can never be viewed as a good student. Mr. Meade, math teacher, reflected on this, “For me, a good student is just one that tries to do their best. The [subject] doesn’t have to come easy for them, they just must work hard. Some people think that it is a straight-A student, but, for me, it is someone who works hard and listens in class.”

Even though many students come to class and listen to the teacher’s lesson, they need to take one more step in order to be a genuinely great student. When asked about what he looks for in a student, Brother Manning, seminary teacher, commented, “What a big question! [A good student is] an active learner instead of a passive listener.”

Mrs. Smith, French teacher, had similar thoughts when it came to being engaged in the class, “[A good student is] anybody who can find a way to learn in whatever they are doing, who are just hungry for knowledge. I feel like those are the best students because even if it is a subject that you are not super interested in you can find something that does spark your interest about it. Even if that means, “I am going to get super good at getting organized,” or “I am going to have fun doing this many problems and then take a break,” just learning how to learn.”

Of course, not all teachers look for the same things. Mrs. Burr also commented, “I think different teachers are going to have different perspectives based on the grade level they teach and their own life experiences. I think it is also going to depend on the years they have taught, I am positive in five years I will have a different opinion.”