How To Deal With a Bad Teacher: The Ultimate 19-Step Guide

If you’ve ever wondered how to deal with a bad teacher,  this article is for you.

No one wants to be confronted with a teacher, whether they are pupils or pupils. This means not only that you hate going to class, but it also means that this teacher wants to make you feel guilty. You should try to adapt your behavior and find a way to make you appreciate your teacher if you have to manage one that is odious.

Nevertheless, you should speak with your parents to take other measures, if you find that you have tried everything and that your teacher has not changed attitude towards you.

How To Deal With a Bad Teacher As a Student:

1. Put yourself in the teacher’s place.

You might think that your teacher is the most odious being on earth, but you should try to understand it to know if it is not something else. Try to think about why your teacher is odious, because he feels he is not respected enough in class, for example.

All students may be odious, one of them may not take the course seriously enough, or there is probably a group of students who disrupt the course so much that it is impossible to learn whatever. Your teacher is probably odious because he probably has no other way of making himself heard.

Knowing how to put yourself in the place of others is a skill that will serve you all your life. The development of empathy and understanding of others can help you to have a new vision of all social or professional situations and allows you to solve problems. You should tell your teacher what you’re feeling.

Obviously it may be difficult for you to see your teacher otherwise than as an odious person who is only trying to humiliate you, but you should remember that he too is a human being.

2. Task to cooperate with your teacher and not to league against him.

Your first reaction could be to take your teacher to fault, to feel guilty or to play the higher mind during the course, if you have to manage a teacher that seems unfair to you.

However, you will only aggravate the situation if you seek to come into conflict with him. Try to be a little friendlier with your teacher rather than try to damn the pawn, trying to help him as you can and being a good student. Your teacher will no doubt be the same if you make the effort to be a little nicer with him.

Although it may be difficult to show yourself kind to a person you hate, it can also help the teacher to be more kind to you, which can improve the atmosphere of the course. This is another skill that you might need later in life, so you’d better train right now.

Do not think you should be hypocritical. Act in such a way that the situation is as bearable as possible for everyone.

3. Have a positive attitude, rather than complaining.

Another way to manage an odious professor is to try to have a positive attitude in progress, rather than wanting to challenge everything and complain about anything. Do not waste time ranting after the last check you found too hard. Ask yourself if you could not do better next time studying a little more.

Concentrate more on the passages that really have more to you. You will create a better classroom atmosphere, which will also make your teacher less odious, having a more positive attitude towards him.

4. Task to concentrate on your studies.

You will have more pleasure in taking the lessons by being enthusiastic about the subject that is taught, which will also make your teacher less odious. He will be more likely to soften if he sees that his course really interests you.

Think about it: it can be quite discouraging for your teacher to teach something that fascinates him to get only big sighs and bulging eyes in response. This type of student reaction can only encourage a teacher to be odious.

5. Do not take your prof.

It does not get you anywhere. You will obviously find an ephemeral pleasure in resuming your teacher and making your comrades laugh, but that will only excite your professor’s grudge and make him more odious. If you have something to say, do it at the end of the course and in a calm and reasonable way rather than wanting to make you interesting during the course.

You might think that it is quite normal to take a teacher again, as other students do too. Nevertheless, you should learn to stand out and set an example for others.

Try to keep a tone as respectful as possible if you do not agree with your teacher, ask him questions instead of stating things to mislead him.

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6. Find what pleases your teacher.

You can better manage your teacher by knowing what motivates him. Try to participate more in the course, if your teacher is odious because no one is interested. Try not to giggle at his back, if your teacher is odious because he thinks we do not respect him enough.

Make the effort to answer the questions asked and avoid being distracted by anything else if your teacher is odious because no student listens to him. You can make your teacher less odious by giving him what he claims.

Believe it or not, but everyone has a weakness for something. Your teacher may be a cat lover. You can soften your teacher a little by simply talking to him of your own cat or by asking him pictures of his.

Just complimenting your teacher, like saying that you like the new poster on the wall, can motivate him to be more kind if he takes great pride in the decoration of his classroom.

7. If there is a real problem, begin by recording the actions of your teacher and involve your parents.

A teacher can sometimes be quite bad and his actions are not always justified. You must take new measures if your teacher is truly odious, if he is wounding with you, if he laughs at you and if he amuses himself to belittle you and your comrades. You should first note down everything your professor says and does. After that, you can show your comments to your parents and talk to them about what to do next.

Do not get overlooked. Simply carry a notebook in progress and record all the horrible things your teacher says. You can also note all this mentally and put it on paper after class.

You should have strong arguments with specific examples, because it is not enough to say that your teacher is odious. The more you have specific examples of your teacher’s wickedness, the more convincing you will be.

8. Be on time for classes.

One way to make sure your teacher is not odious to you is to respect the rules he imposes on you. One of the rudest and least respectful things you can do is to come systematically behind schedule. It is a way to make the teacher understand that you do not care much about his course, which will not fix your relationship with him. You should apologize if you’re late and make sure it does not happen again.

Do not be the student arranging his/her business five minutes before the end of the course. Your eagerness to want to leave the class prematurely will be even more annoying for your teacher than coming late.

9. Listen to your teacher.

You really should make the effort to listen to what your teacher tells you (1), if you want it to be less odious with you. One of the reasons why a professor seems odious may be that he feels that he is not being listened to and that he is disrespected. You should listen to your teacher when he speaks and not let yourself be distracted by your phone, by your comrades or by what is happening in the corridor.

It is obviously important to ask questions, but the teachers become frankly odious when the students ask questions whose answers are obvious because they have already been answered. Try to listen carefully so as not to make this mistake.

10. Take notes.

This will show your teacher that you really take his class into account and that you are not just in class to pass the time. This will also give you a better understanding of the subject and show your teacher that you are taking the course seriously. Teachers like to see their students take notes when they talk, because it is a sign of attention. Make it a habit to note as often as possible what the teacher says so that he is a little nicer with you.

Taking notes will also improve your academic results, which will definitely coax your teacher.

11. Participates more in the course.

It is possible that your teacher is odious to you because he thinks that you do not care about his course. It’s probably because you do not participate enough. The next time you get the chance, raise your hand to answer the teacher’s question, suggest that you help out or be active during the group discussions. This will show the teacher that you are really interested in the course and he will also be kinder to you.

You should not try to systematically answer all the questions, but rather make the effort to get involved in the course to better coax your teacher.

Attending the course will not only soften your teacher, but will also make your school program more interesting for you. You will be bored less and less distracted if you become more involved in the subject that is taught.

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12. Do not argue with your classmates during the class.

You should avoid talking to your classmates, unless you participate in a collective discussion, if you want to attract your teacher’s sympathy. Chatting in progress is very disturbing for the teacher and he

has the impression that you ignore it. The next time a friend wants to talk to you or have a word, let him know that you want to focus on the lesson and talk to him later.

Settle away from your friends or students who can distract you, if you have the opportunity to choose your place, so that the teacher has less reason to be odious to you.

13. Do not laugh at your teacher.

It is probable that the professor is often mocked if you think that yours is odious. It may be tempting to join in the sarcasm of others or even to be the instigator of it, but it is also the assurance of tracing the teacher against you and making it even more odious. You may think yourself very smart by behaving like this, but it is probable that your teacher will be angry if you openly mock him or his course.

Teachers are people like other people and they can very badly take certain situations. If yours takes you in flagrante delicto mockery, it will be difficult to change your opinion on your account.

You should not be in solidarity with students who make fun of your teacher. You should not be associated with this type of behavior.

14. Ask your teacher for help after the class.

One way to soften your teacher is to ask him for help after the course in the subject he teaches. You might be afraid to find yourself alone with your teacher, but you might also learn with amazement that most teachers really enjoy sharing their knowledge and yours may be happy to help you.

Ask your teacher to help you after the class if you have to pass a check in a week and there is something you do not understand. You might be surprised at her sudden kindness with you after asking her for help.

This should work in most cases. Nevertheless, your teacher could oppose a refusal if it is really very odious, but it is worth trying.

You should ask for help well before the day of the check, if that’s what you want to do. You could get your teacher angry and ask him why you did not ask earlier if you asked him a question about the exam only one or two days earlier.
Do not fay.

You should not exaggerate either, even if being a good student who respects the rules of the teacher can really help you to appreciate him. Your teacher could actually be even more odious, for he will guess your ploy if he feels that you are not sincere, if you are obliged to answer all his questions and if you flood him with compliments or If you’re still glued to his office to offer your help.

A teacher will naturally distrust a pupil who takes too much trouble to enter into his good graces, especially if he is frankly odious. Act with sincerity.

Managing a Hateful Teacher as a Parent

Ask your child to describe what the teacher has done.

When it comes to managing an odious professor, the first thing you should do is come to the facts. Talk with your child about what the teacher has done and why he is odious.

Make sure your child has specific examples to submit to you and not a vague appreciation of his supposed malice. If your child has no example to give you, ask him to go back to class and take notes of the odious things the teacher would have said or done. This will give you a better idea of ​the situation.

Sit with your child and have a very frank discussion about this teacher. Make sure the child has all the time to give you as many details as possible, and not vague comments.

Help your child calm down (2) to get more concrete information if he is crying or upset at the thought of talking about his teacher.

15. Make sure the teacher has really gone beyond the limits.

It can obviously be hard enough to realize that your child is treated unfairly because you love him and do not support the idea that one can be odious with him. You should, however, make sure your child is telling the truth about the teacher’s behavior. You should think carefully before taking action, if your child has already complained in the same way to several other teachers.

Your first reaction is obviously to believe your child and try to protect him, but you should also think

about the impact of the child’s behavior on his teacher. Consider the possibility of a shared harm between your child and the teacher.

16. Talk with other parents to see if their children are saying the same thing.

Another thing to do is to discuss it with other parents to see if their children are complaining about the same things. If this is the case, it can help you put an end to this situation. Obviously, this is not because other children have not heard that the behavior of the teacher is necessarily appropriate, but it is good to have as many elements as possible.

You do not need to make it a state affair, but you can suggest that your child has experienced some problems with his teacher in order to see if other students have experienced similar situations.

Strength is in number. It will be easier to take action if several parents complain about a teacher.

17. Meet the teacher personally to get your own idea of the​ situation.

You should make an appointment with this teacher to make your own opinion if your child really felt hurt by his teacher or if he just tells you he’s naughty. Either the teacher will confirm your child’s statements by showing yourself as odious with you, or he will pretend that everything is going well. You might also realize that the teacher is not as bad as you thought and you should decide what you will do next.

Take time to get an idea of ​the teacher’s personality or problem. You may find yourself facing a big problem if the teacher is odious when he talks about his students or overall seems not to like them.

Trust your instincts. Do you think that the teacher pretends to be sympathetic or is he really?

18. Go to the headmaster if there is a real problem.

If after talking to the teacher or your child you are convinced that there is a problem, it is time to talk to a school official. You would not want your child to be in a discouraging environment that does not make him want to go to school or learn something. Make an appointment with the school administrators and know in advance what you want to tell them.

Use the concrete details provided by your child to prove that the teacher’s behavior is
inappropriate. You cannot just say that the teacher is bad, but you can point out several of his words that have gone beyond the limits.

The impact of your approach will be more important if you have several parents who want to meet the head of the school.

19. See what steps you can take if the problem is not resolved.

Your complaint to the headmaster can unfortunately be insufficient to make things happen. You may decide to send your child to another institution. If you think that such drastic measures are not worthwhile, you may also want to ask your child to go to the end of his / her school year and to support his or her professors without being destabilized.

You can tell your child that this is a life lesson, if you decide not to take any further action. Explain that everyone must unfortunately manage people they do not like. Learning to cooperate with this type of people without being belittled is a very useful skill in existence. This type of response is not the most comforting thing, but it could be the best thing you can do.


  • Show your teacher that you are trying to make an effort. The teachers want to know that you are making at least the effort to learn something. Ask for help if there is something you do not understand.
  • Try to focus instead on what can improve your life and not what can make it worse. Remember that you are not going to undergo hateful teachers all your life.
  • Try to keep your mouth shut as long as you can, if you have a profligate teacher.
  • Tell your teacher about any learning problems, such as dyslexia, that you might have so that he can better understand you.
  • Immediately inform your parents or the school principal if your teacher is cruel to the point of physical threats or verbal abuse.
  • The bad teachers often have serious pers onal problems that go back to childhood and merely refer on others their own suffering.
Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here