When you’re a good student, it’s tough to sit back and pretend that you don’t know what the teacher is talking about or that you don’t have the answer to her every question. You want to throw your arm in the air—partly because you want Teach (and everyone else) to know you’ve totally got this. And partly because listening to your classmates give a roundabout, kind of correct answer is really boring. But just ‘cause you’re in the right doesn’t mean you have to bat a thousand during class. Here are 5 signs you're chatting too much:
#1 Your teacher
pauses before calling on you
It’s not because she’s preparing herself to be dazzled by
your intelligence. Rather, she wants to see if anyone else is gonna throw a
hand in the air before she defaults to you.
#2 …or says, “Anyone
else know the answer?”
Yeah, not a joke—she really wants to see your classmates
taking the lead, too. You should aim to split time equally among yourselves
instead of taking the lion’s share.
#3 Your classmates
roll their eyes when you answer a Q
Similarly, they aren’t amused. Chances are, they’re a little
annoyed—especially if they happen to know the answers but can’t get a word in
edgewise around your verbosity.
#4 People start
relying on you to take the lead in class
Ever been working with a group and your classmates
automatically look to you for direction? Sometimes it’s nice to be the one
sailing the ship, but you shouldn’t have to do all the work, ever.
#5 When you’re under
the weather, the classroom is dead quiet
Everyone has gotten so used to you answering Teach’s questions that they can’t remember a time
when they raised their hand, too…so they just, uh, stopped. And you not being
in the mood to be a brainiac isn’t making them rev their engines.
Sound familiar? OK. Here’s how to chill out, chica
Give yourself a solid limit: You can answer two, maybe three
questions every class, tops. Your teachers know you’re smart, and you prove it
constantly on homework, quizzes, tests and papers. They don’t need a daily
reminder, and neither do your classmates. And if they really need you to answer
a Q, they’ll call on you even when your hand isn’t raised, just ‘cause they
know you’re engaged in the material.
Are you a chronic
hand-raiser? Tell us in the comments!
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 2/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN smart girl secrets, participate in class