How to Get on Your Teachers Good Side

By Lily

There is one way and one way alone to guarantee you’ll pass any class with flying colors. Yes, getting the homework done, doing well on tests, and generally working hard in class will get you a passing grade. You’ll probably get an B or an A depending on how well you do. But, if you get on the teacher’s good side, I’ve found the chances of getting that grade you want are drastically improved. First of all, you have to be a good student to get there but also, there’s a pretty good chance that the teacher will bump you up if your grades are just a little below where you want it to be. Getting some teachers to like you, actually like you, can be difficult, but here’s a few tips on how to successfully get on a teacher’s good side, and in turn, get the grade you want.

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Read the Teacher

When you meet someone new, you read the energy and you change just a bit to fit them, whether that’s uping or lowering your energy or deciding whether you or them should lead the conversation. Meeting a new teacher is no different. 

Get to know them. Normally, by the end of the first day you can tell how to act in their class. Whether it’s chill or uptight. If you should make jokes, or sit quietly. You can tell how you should act and how you should answer questions. If you need helping reading the classroom you can always ask a friend who has had the teacher before what you can and can’t do to be successful too.

It’s important to learn what your teacher wants from you and act on that fast. Don’t make the mistake of messing up early on, as that gives a bad impression. So, if it’s a class you can joke around in, make sure you know when you can do that, and when you should sit quietly. 

How you read the teacher shouldn’t completely determine your actions in the class, always do what you need to be successful first and foremost. But, if you can determine what type of student the teacher wants to see and be that, chances are they’ll quickly take a liking to you.

Do the Work

No teacher wants a student who won’t do the work. In any class, strive to get the work done on time and do it correctly. We’ve all had classes where a late assignment would be the end of the world and we’ve also all had classes where we know a few late assignments won’t be a problem, however, that’s not a good reason not to strive to get the work done on time.

Even a teacher who likes a student who jokes around and is more chill, doesn’t want a lazy student who doesn’t study or get the work done. Before you become a teacher’s favorite or just get on their good side, you have to be on top of the work. 

Contribute to Class Discussions

Most teachers love a student who talks and keeps up with the discussions, answering questions, and contributing to a discussion going on can easily make the teacher like you more.

Teachers will appreciate students who show they’re participating and actively engaged and interested in what’s going on in the class. 

Contributing can be important to your success in the class and I suggest not being afraid to speak up when asked. 

Teachers want their students to raise their hand and answer questions so they know that you are learning and they are doing their job correctly. We all know the sigh of a teacher who asked a question and sat there for a few minutes as no one raised their hand, so don’t be afraid to answer the questions, even if you’re not 100% sure on the answer. A wrong answer is normally better than no answer.

Ask Good Questions

Similar to answering questions and contributing to discussions teachers love a student who can ask good questions, it’s another way to show your involvement in the class and sometimes even challenge the teacher.

This is also important for your success in the class, you should never be afraid to ask a question when you have it.


Teachers always want someone with a good attitude. Coming into the class complaining about how you have to be there, slamming your book down, and playing on your phone till it gets taken away isn’t a good way to get on a teacher’s good side. Just smile, say good morning, and have a good attitude going into the class, I guarantee that will get you a long way.

Don’t be Afraid to Show Off

Obviously don’t be annoying, stuck up, and think you’re better at everything. But if you know the answer, if this class is your subject, don’t be afraid to show off your knowledge. Impressing a teacher is a great way to get on their good side and show them you’re ready for their class.

Also, don’t be afraid to challenge their words a bit if you think you know something. This doesn’t mean acting like you know more than them, or are better than them, it simply means sharing your knowledge on something they may be talking about, and maybe helping the whole class know sometime now.


This is the most important thing on this list. Good communication is an important part of being successful in any class, and getting on every teacher’s good side.

Always take the time to ask questions, send emailing if you’re absent, or if for any reason you can’t get the work done or are struggling, let them know and work with them. Your teachers will always appreciate you coming to them when you need help with something in their class. So instead of letting yourself fail, just shoot them an email, and stay on their good side.

Thanks so much for reading this article! Remember to be your best self in every class and follow these tips to get on your teachers good side this school year!  If you enjoyed this article or learned something from it, leave a like and a comment. If you enjoy our articles, please subscribe to our rss feed and follow our blog. For more content, follow our social media and patreon, all of which will be linked down below. We hope you’ll enjoy our surprise article written by a guest speaker coming out on Monday!. Stay safe, good luck with the oncoming school year, and keep on overachieving!

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