There seems to be a trend when discussing the top five pet peeves of students from both high school and college. Students often share their complaints and are not shy about making them public. These pet peeves from students are not meant to be based on scientific polling or studies but are a capsule of what many students indicate that makes them upset, frustrated, and even angry about the education process.
Pet Peeve Number 1. There is not enough courtesy from other students in the class room. There is no consideration for others trying to hear, see, and learn what is going on in class. It is difficult to stay focused on information so when other students around you are talking, laughing, texting, or acting rude, it makes if difficult for everyone in the class to learn anything. Students complain that too many of their peers are not there to learn and seem to enjoy disrupting the class.
Pet Peeve Number 2. Many teachers and instructors are boring. Students indicate that many instructors in the class room do not show any energy, excitement, or enthusiasm for teaching. They may speak in a monotone voice with no variation in rate, pitch, and tone. This makes listening very difficult and learning almost impossible.
Pet Peeve Number 3. Teachers assign too much homework that is simply "busy" work and never check it. Students often complain that teachers do not take into consideration all the work that is being assigned by other teachers as well. Students also complain that the homework is insignificant and never collected or even checked for credit if you complete it.
Pet Peeve Number 4. Teachers and instructors play favorites. Students feel that many teachers have their favorites and it becomes very obvious who they are in the classroom. Students often complain that some kind of connection is made between a teacher and a student which provides them with a huge advantage over others in the class.
Pet Peeve Number 5. One thing that students do not appreciate hearing from an instructor is that they do not award any "A" grades for this course. This happens in colleges more than high school but it is a let down to hear that from an instructor on the first day.
These are the most typical student pet peeves that are communicated.
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