When you are confronted with a class that you really just don’t like, there’s a choice you have to make. You can continue to feel angry and pessimistic, or instead, use a few of these strategies to make what seems like an unbearable class a little more bearable.
My first piece of advice is to go to your professor’s office hours. Even if you don’t like their teaching style, that doesn’t mean they won’t be helpful if you talk to them one-on-one. Office hours are the perfect time to chat with your professor about struggles you are having, not to mention scoring a few brownie points and showing your professor that you’re invested in the class.
Second, don’t skip class just because you don’t like it. In the long run, this will make the class worse because you’ll feel uninformed and behind with coursework. Even if it seems pointless, get yourself to class and it’ll reward you in the end.
Also, a shift in attitude can mean a world of difference when it comes to disliking a class. Changing your thoughts from “I just hate this class” to “This is a learning experience to work through” can make classes more interesting, homework easier to start and relationships with your professors much better.
Lastly, make the class work for you. Make a schedule of when to study and when to do assignments. Do research on your own if that makes the material more interesting to you. Ask to get together with classmates and see what strategies they’re using. All of these things can make dealing with the class a little easier.
So, next time you dislike a class, just remember that it happens to everyone, and that it’s a learning experience. Look at the silver lining…it will teach you to reach out to staff and peers, and work through difficulties—skills that will be valuable in the future.