Why You Should Thank Your Bad Professors

Why You Should Thank Your Bad Professors

My Worst Professor


My freshman year calculus professor is definitely one to remember. Most lectures consisted of her reading the calculus textbook out loud to us Monday thru Friday, equations and all, as if we were in Pre-K. Occasionally, she would start writing a solution to a problem on the board and forget how to solve it. After staring at the board puzzled for about five to ten minutes, she would turn to the class and ask students if they knew how to solve it. Not to test us, but because she had no clue. Most of the time when this occurred, students walked out of her classroom. Professors of these sorts made me wonder why was I paying all this money for a college degree. But looking back on it, it has its purpose. There are reasons universities keep professors of this nature and also life lessons to be learned from situations similar.


Gotta Love College!


We all have had bad professors that make you think how they are still employed in the first place. Even when students bash the reviews of below par professors, they still remained hired. Most reviews are biased unfortunately. Usually if a student does below than what they expected, regardless of the difficulty of the material, they will give the professor a bad review; vice versa if the student does better. Now just like every work environment, there are good and bad employees. However in the eyes of a university, just because they aren’t good teachers, doesn’t mean they aren’t excellent professors. The first reason bad professors remained hired is that:

  • Professors are mainly hired for their research abilities in their perspective fields. Research is where professors and the universities make most of their money.

Research-heavy professors are usually required to teach at least one course, and it probably falls lower on his/hers list of priorities in their career.

I’ve had many highly intellectual research professors (common in physics/engineering courses) have tough times explaining their thoughts and ideas to other people or just bad at engaging audiences (nervousness, language barrier, and some just don’t care). Also noted is that most professors have ZERO training in how to teach courses to students prior to becoming professors. The second reason bad professors remain hired is that:

  • Students tend to fail or drop out of courses with bad professors, which in return decreases graduation rates.

Not everyone will or should be entitled to a college degree regardless of how much money you’ve spent. Most of my worse professors were in my first two years of college (introduction level courses to weed out the unfit).


Making the Most Out of It


But how does this all effect the students for the better? I personally believe that situations like these imitate real world scenarios and should maintain itself in the current system. You will never hear a student who passes a class with an “A” say, “The reason I made an “A” was because of Professor (insert professor’s name)”, so you shouldn’t blame them when you underachieve either. Having a bad professor should not be your excuse as to why you under performed; no one is to blame but yourself (take responsibility of your life). A critical skill set bad professors help teach is self-learning or self-education.

I CAN’T STRESS THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT ENOUGH: Self-learning is one of the most important skills you can master in your life and all post college career paths require self-learning on the job or in your spare time!!!!! Once your career begins and the need for school is over, you should continue to learn new skills and ideas on your own time daily.

People will continuously harp about paying for professors who aren’t worth the money, but I believe the reason they are there is very beneficial to the school, yourself, and society as a whole. Don’t forget to like, comment, share, and subscribe!


“Self-education is open to all but is taken only by those who refuse to live a small and purposeless life.”  


Book of the Month:                          “How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie


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