Where do I Find Good Teachers?

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Answered by: Robert, An Expert in the Teachers Category
When you want to find good teachers, it can be difficult. There are over 50 different universities in the state that I live in, and that's not counting any online universities or technical colleges, nor does it count the sheer volume of teachers employed at each school. However, a good teacher is an essential component in earning a good education, getting the right training, and even making industry contacts to make getting employment a lot easier. Therefore, you need to narrow the search down to schools that do an expert job of hiring the best of the best educators, as this will help you get ahead in life outside of college.

The first main component in finding good teachers is that your teacher should have real life experience in the subject that they are teaching. At many schools, having a degree is enough to get into a classroom and start teaching, but if your class is in electrical engineering, it would be far more ideal for you to have a real-life electrical engineer teaching the class, wouldn't it? A degreed professional would know the ropes, and probably do a decent job, but couldn't share the industry secrets or tips unless they've worked for a significant period of time in the field. You can learn about a university's hiring policies by looking at faculty profiles, but since there is no guarantee that you're getting any particular teacher, and these are often far out of date, this is sometimes a waste of your efforts. Instead, consider looking at their employment page, where you'll find minimum requirements for hiring faculty. Do all full-time faculty members need to have a doctorate? If so, that's a good sign. Do they need to publish papers or books regularly? If so, that's a very demanding school, and one that probably one that has the most experienced, well-read, and up-to-date teachers out there.

Finding an experienced teacher is a start, but just because they know their material, it doesn't mean that they are effective at communicating that material to you. In other words, it's important that teachers have taken classes or received training in the art of teaching. They should also be proficient in the English language, which is not always true of many technical or mathematics teachers. Unfortunately, there are fewer ways of ascertaining your professor's teaching ability. Even if they have many years of teaching, that doesn't say much about their ability. However, with the power of technology at your fingertips, it's possible to Google your professors to search for speeches they've given or videos of lessons they've recorded for the benefit of people at the university. Sometimes you can find these right on the university's websites, while other times you'll have to dig. While you're there, you can also read blogs or reviews of every teacher from students who have had them previously.

Regardless of what your area of study is, there is no better first step than to find good teachers who can show you the ins and outs of whatever you want to learn about. Performing these two simple steps could take less than five minutes, but it could also help you decide between two different universities, and that could be the difference between your success and failure.

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