But today, we’re going to ask the important questions: what student are you?
After all, being a student can sometimes feel like it’s as much work as being a superhero, and an unruly Calculus test can prove as formidable an opponent as Lex Luthor.
How you approach school can say a lot about who you are. Every student has a unique set of habits and preferences in how they go about learning, but here are a few types of students you might recognize.
Which one of these kinds of students are you?
- The Perfectionist
The Perfectionist is the student who starts studying for tests weeks in advance, makes flashcards of everything that needs to be memorized, and does both required and optional reading. For the Perfectionist, it’s not a question of whether something that’s been covered in class should be learned but simply how long doing so will take.
Perfectionists are true superheroes among students, and they naturally are in high demand for group projects, where they often end up doing most of the work. But they also have their Kryptonite: because they put their all into everything, they can end up overwhelmed and stressed out from doing so much work while at the same time still feeling like they should be working even harder.
- The Procrastinator
The Procrastinator divides schoolwork into two categories: work that’s due within the next 24 hours, and work that’s due at some other point in the future. Work falling into the second category might as well not exist and is ignored until it enters into the first category.
The obvious drawback to being a Procrastinator is that sometimes quality gets sacrificed in the last-minute scramble to churn out a week’s worth of homework an hour before class. On the other hand, if there’s one thing Procrastinators learn in school, it’s how to work to a tight deadline, a skill that can serve them well in high-pressure situations once they enter the workplace.
- The Life of the Class
If you’re the Life of the Class, you don’t just learn by sitting back and taking notes. You’re the first one to raise your hand and ask a question. If things get slow in class discussion, you always have another thought to add. And teachers love you because you’re always the student that laughs at their jokes.
- The Passer
For some students, nothing less than an A is acceptable. And then for others, really any grade is cool as long as it’s not an F.
Passers are much more concerned with non-academic pursuits, so their main goal is just not to make a total mess of things. They generally do enough work to avoid completely bombing tests, but as far as they’re concerned, doing any work beyond that is a waste of time that could be put to better uses.
Most Passers aren’t exactly destined for academic greatness, but they do avoid some of the school-related stress other types of students have to deal with because, well, they just don’t care.
- The “Note Taker”
At first glance, “Note Takers” can be mistaken for Perfectionists. These are the students apparently so diligent that they bring their laptops to class to take notes on, then pay rapt attention, taking down “notes” from the lecture without stopping all through class.
On closer inspection though, students with a good vantage point will see that the “Note Taker” is in fact posting on Facebook or browsing BuzzFeed, not dutifully jotting down notes. Those sitting behind the “Note Taker” will quickly wise up, but the teacher, who can’t see the “Note Taker’s” screen, might not catch on right away.
Eventually, the “Note Taker” will betray themselves entirely by suddenly bursting into a furious fit of typing at the most inappropriate possible moment in the lecture.
- The Master of Stealth
As a rule, the Master of Stealth does not speak during class but simply sits in the back row taking everything in. The teacher may forget about the Master of Stealth’s existence entirely and will probably never know the Master of Stealth’s name.
At the end of the semester, the teacher will be tallying up students’ final grades and will come across one student with either an exceptionally high or an atrociously poor grade. The teacher will have no recollection of who that student is or what that student looks like and will be left with a feeling that something mysterious, fleeting and inexplicable has occurred.
- The Window Watcher
Window Watchers are the students who are there but not really there during class. When the teacher talks, Window Watchers are paying attention to everything except what the teacher is saying.
Sure, all students zone out from time to time, but Window Watchers take zoning out to the level of an art form. They count the people who walk by outside the window. They watch bugs fly around the classroom. The study in detail the patterns on the ceiling tiles.
Another common variant of the Window Watcher is the Napper. Instead of distracting themselves from class by staring out the window, Nappers inexplicably fall asleep every class – regardless of whether they’re tired.. Although the Window Watcher and the Napper differ in their methods, the end result is the same: each leaves class without having any idea about was said during the lecture.
Still, that doesn’t mean Window Watchers are necessarily poor students. Many of them make up for ignoring every word that comes out of the teacher’s mouth by reading the textbook to catch up, so you’d never know the extent of their disengagement unless you can spot the telltale glaze that falls over their eyes as soon as the teacher opens his or her mouth.
By Niels V.