College is a time when you will face many challenges that are very new to you. One specific challenge that you may face is having a professor who is difficult to understand because of language difficulties. When you face this challenge, look on this as an opportunity to expand your understanding of other cultures.
Here are some strategies for dealing with a hard to understand teacher:
- Give it time – You will become accustomed to your teacher’s accent over time.
- Ask questions – Teachers know they are hard to understand and will tend to be very receptive to your questions.
- Form a study group – Students often find that studying with a small group of people is beneficial. Each member can contribute their notes. That way you should have a full set of notes.
- Take advantage of the university’s sponsored help – Most all colleges and universities will have learning facilities specific to subjects and/or majors. Learning centers have graduate student tutors, who are familiar with the material. If seeking outside help, remember to seek help immediately after the class. The fresher the information is, no matter how vague it is, the easier it will be to understand the material.
- Use online tools for guidance – With the vast amount of information available on the internet today, it is easy to find information on school subjects. Khanacademy.org is a great example of online guidance, with videos giving step-by-step help in subjects in math and science.
While these tools are helpful and can possibly save your grade in a class, remember to meet with your professor. A student who is well known by a professor may be more likely to receive the benefit of the doubt from the professor at the end of the semester.
The diversity of professors in American universities is ever present. Professors often come from completely different backgrounds. Give your professor a chance and adapt the perspective that this is another aspect of your education to join the world’s economy.