The 11 Types of Lecturer Every University Student Will Recognise By Now
How many do you recognise?
1. The Newcomer
Easy to spot from day one because they looked just as bewildered by everything as you did. It’s taken them several months to work out how to use the projector properly and they still occasionally end up late because they got lost on campus. Give this one a break; we all have to start somewhere.
2. The Enthusiast
This one is both your favourite person ever and your worst nightmare, depending on whether you did the reading or not. They literally couldn’t love their subject more and never fail to give 100%, making you feel guilty if you haven’t. Sometimes you feel their enthusiasm rub off on you, sometimes you just really need them to have more chill. At the end of the day though, this is a great lecturer to have. 🙌
3. The Rambler
You see a lot of yourself in this one, although they’re not all that easy to follow. Much like you when you have a presentation to do, they start off well enough but somewhere along the way they seem to lose their point and just carry on talking anyway. By the end of the lecture you’re not entirely sure what you’ve just learned about. With this one, you can only hope those lecture slides are on Blackboard because your notes aren’t helpful at all.
4. The One Who Talks Way Too Fast
You need to be on your game to get anything out of their lectures. Lose concentration for a second and they’ve already changed the slide three times. They fly through the lecture content at rapid speed, leaving you with several worrying gaps in your notes and feeling like you need to go sit in a dark room for a while once it’s over.
5. The Warden
You dread lectures with this one but also secretly kind of respect them. They don’t tolerate talking, laughing or fun, but you do seem to come away from their lectures with pages and pages of detailed notes and more knowledge than you had when you came in, if only out of fear. 0 out of 10 for fun. 10 out of 10 for academic value.
6. The Soft Speaker
Good luck staying awake in this one’s lectures. It’s not necessarily that they’re boring (although they probably are); they’re just so softly spoken that they start soothing you to sleep. You suddenly find yourself snapping back to reality having written hardly any notes and having no idea what the lecture’s been about.
7. The Absolute Legend
You actually have chosen modules purely because you want them as your lecturer. They have a way of making any topic engaging and they never take themselves too seriously, or make you take yourself too seriously either. Watching them talk about their chosen speciality is a dream and you actually are disappointed if one of their lectures gets cancelled. Everyone loves them you can only hope they love you too.
8. The Joker
It’s the same thing every lecture with this one. They make a joke – and you use that term lightly – and then wait for everyone to laugh along with them. The “joke” is never, ever funny, in fact, you don’t even understand it the majority of the time. They get 0 marks for banter, but you need 40% so you laugh along anyway.
9. The Stranger
You only saw them for the introduction lecture and then they disappeared for the rest of the semester. You occasionally spot them on campus and can’t help but feel like they must’ve taken one look at your class and thought “Nah, not worth it.”
10. The One Who’s Basically Still a Student
This one is more of a student than you are, really. You’ve seen them on nights out and they never hesitate to inform you when they have a hangover. They’re not the most organised of lecturers and they’ve been known to cut the lecture short and just tell you to read the notes online. You don’t know whether to love them or feel annoyed that they’re not pushing you to get your shit together.
11. And The One Who You Want To Take With You When You Graduate
Leaving this one will be one of the saddest parts of graduating. They’ve been there for you throughout your entire degree with A+ advice and endless patience. You can’t remember how you ever learnt anything without them and fear for your future without their support.