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Relationships: Student-Teacher Cohesion

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The mixed feeling of tedium and happiness is mostly evident in the ‘student stage’ of one’s life, and relationships are a major component of this stage.

Being a student is the brunt of one’s life that determines what a person ends up being in the future, hence the relationships made are quite crucial. In most cases, experienced people serve as teachers or supervisors to guide students on their paths; these people ‘must’ have gone through and succeeded in the student stage. But let’s be realistic here, is it possible to get through the student stage? The reality is, we all are still students, no one has completely gone through the student stage; be it, teachers or professors. Now, let’s ask ourselves: “who is a student?”

Most times, we think of students as people within the four corners of a school building; people who pay fees to receive lectures. In so doing, we forget that a student is a person who studies or learns about a particular subject. It’s very sensible to say that life itself is a field with so many subjects. Consequently, being alive makes you a student. With this realization, METU/NCC sees the need for students and teachers to mingle since they are students alike, hence the student-teacher relationships in METU/NCC.

What are the Student-Teacher relationships like in the classrooms?

Well, considering that METU is an admirably diverse society, one would expect to find variations in characters, even in the classrooms. Nevertheless, there’s just one prominent kind of attitude existent among the teachers and students in the classroom. This attitude is the attitude of acceptance and freedom among the students and teachers. There is an excellent existence of cohesion between the teachers and the students regardless of the teachers’ levels of qualification. In METU, students relate smoothly with teachers and this has a long way to go in giving students better academic leverage for assisted improvements.

Its Impacts on Students

Notably, good relationships promote better communication. Having that established among teachers and students is one of the most beneficial things a school can boast of because it creates a more suitable environment for learning. The involvement of teachers in things students term as fun couldn’t bring more cohesion between students and teachers; take, for instance, the food festival organised by the International Students Association. I was personally surprised and happy when I saw the head professor of my department judging the different dishes of different nationalities to get a winner (the nationality with the best dish). It made me feel relaxed because of my sudden change of ideology that teachers aren’t just book-worms, but also participate in fun stuff. Of course, after that day, I felt more confident to talk to my teachers, asking them questions which I was previously scared of asking.

Concluding, the relationship between teachers and students is one of the most beneficial relationships a student could have. Its effect is paramount in under girding the student’s effort in understanding difficult concepts in a particular subject. This is because a student gets more freedom to approach professors in an attempt to seek for help. This is particularly applicable to areas of studies that seem so difficult, as could be the case most times. Basically, from the above text, we’ve been able to realize that the need for student-teacher relationship cannot be over emphasized. This is why this is non-lacking in METU/NCC.

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