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Student hates professor and hearing the truth

angry teacher with blackboard on the backgroundHi Harlan: My friend currently is doing a course online, and she was upset that the teacher is saying that her work is imperfect. Furthermore, some of the comments that her instructor posts are a bit unprofessional. My friend and another friend of hers say that she should do something about it. I don’t want to see our friend burn bridges with the instructor. Is there a way to remedy this? Suggestions? Online Student

Dear Online Student:  I wouldn’t tell your friend anything.  She doesn’t respond well to the truth.  Instead of complaining about her teacher, she should focus on fixing her imperfect work.  That’s it. Yes, her teacher might suck and be an awful communicator, but hating her will not improve her grade. Unless these comments are hateful, sexist, or unquestionably wrong, there’s nothing to do.  Call it a life lesson about dealing with horrible people — but I wouldn’t tell her this — she doesn’t want to hear the truth.

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  1. Beverly

    Hey, I disagree. I have taken plenty of on line courses and a rude teacher is unacceptable. Imperfect you say, tell me what is imperfect, make a suggestion and let me fix it. Take a screen print and show it to the school (correct dept of course) and let them help. Too many people looking for work to have tolerate BS from an I N S T R U C T O R

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