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How to Make the Teacher Think You Are Smart

Three Methods:

Make your teacher think you’re smart by participating in class and asking questions. Show them that you’re prepared, have done the reading, and care about learning. Try to be enthusiastic and positive. Remember, the best way to make your teacher think you’re smart is to show that you actually want to learn. Do your best not to just show off, suck up, or act like a know it all.


Participating in Class

  1. Ask questions that dig deeper into the subject.Ask questions in class that show the teacher that you’re paying attention. If you’re confused about something, ask for some clarification.
    • Try to avoid asking questions just for the sake of it, but do your best to have a genuine interest in learning more. When you do your assigned reading or other homework the night before, consider writing down a couple good questions to ask the next day.
    • For example, if that day’s class is about the Boston Tea Party, ask something like, “Why did the Sons of Liberty dress up like Mohawk warriors when they destroyed the tea?”
  2. Improve your vocabulary.Learning and using new words is an easy way to make a teacher think you’re smart. A word of the day calendar or app is a great way to learn new words. Try entering a new word into a search engine to find examples of how to use it properly in a sentence.
    • Most dictionary apps, like Dictionary.com's app, have word of the day options. Consider games such as the 7 Little Words app to have fun while building your vocabulary.
    • You don’t need to use big words unnecessarily, but using a new word in a way that clearly makes your point is a sure way to impress teachers. For example, maybe you've seen the words symbolic, defiance, and harbinger on your word of the day app. You could say in class, "The Boston Tea Party was a symbolic act of defiance that proved to be a harbinger of the American Revolution."
  3. Bring up a current event that relates to the class.Show the teacher that you care about what’s going on in the world and that you think about what you’re learning outside of class. Pay attention to what’s going on in the news and think of ways that story might apply to what you’re learning in school.
    • For example, in your class on the Boston Tea Party, you might bring up a news story you saw about taxation. You might raise your hand and talk about how taxes were involved in that historical event and continue to be an important political topic.
  4. Try to learn independently.Do your best to go above and beyond and learn material on your own. If you know you'll be learning about the FOIL method in math class next week, teach yourself about it prior to class. That way, when the teacher asks if anyone knows what FOIL stands for, you'll raise your hand and say, "It's how you multiply two binomials: First, Outer, Inner, Last!"
  5. Use body language that shows you’re listening.Remember, you don’t have to speak to show that you’re participating in class. Don’t slouch in your chair, nap during class, or text and play on your phone. Instead, make eye contact, take notes, and nod your head when the teacher makes a point.

Being Prepared

  1. Put effort into doing your written homework.Take a little time to proofread your work. Make sure your assignment is completed according to the teacher’s instructions. Try to write neatly so your teacher can understand your essay or math problems.
    • If your work is neat and organized, your teacher will know you’re smart enough to care about great presentation and effort.
  2. Do the assigned reading.In addition to completing your written homework neatly, avoid skipping out on your reading homework. Simply doing the reading is the easiest way to impress your teachers. It’ll show them that you’re actually interested in being prepared to learn in class.
  3. Study a little every day.At some point after school, take some time to review your notes from class that day. Studying a bit every day will help you connect one day’s lesson with another. Your teacher will think you’re smart for making connections between class sessions and for having great time management skills.
    • In addition, come test time, your brain will thank you if you study a little every day instead of cramming at the last minute!
  4. Talk to your teacher outside of class.If you have time, try to stick around after class to talk to the teacher more about what you've been studying. If they have office hours, pay them a visit to discuss anything from the material in class to current events.
    • If you need a little extra help with something, ask your teacher to clarify a lesson or for some tutoring outside of class.

Standing Out Without Sucking Up

  1. Be on time and avoid being absent.Do your best to show up for school or class early. While everyone gets sick sometimes and needs to stay home, try to miss as little school as possible.
    • Getting to class before other students will also help your teacher notice you more.
  2. Work well with other students.Do your best to get along with your classmates. If someone is having trouble understanding something, raise your hand and try to explain the material in a way that might help the other student. When you’re assigned group projects, avoid slacking off and leaving most of the work to other students.
    • You teacher will think you’re really smart if you show them that you want others to learn, too.
  3. Try not to be a know it all.Do your best to be genuine about wanting to learn instead of wanting to simply appear to be smart. Try to be more concerned with actually learning about a class session's topic than with just showing off how smart you are. Be sincere, positive, and enthusiastic instead of trying to suck up or be a know it all.
    • Try not to raise your hand and rephrase what the teacher just said or bring up an unrelated subject just because you know a lot about it. For example, if your teacher mentions that the Boston Tea Party happened in 1773 and you know an unrelated event that also happened that year, it's probably not helpful to raise your hand and tell the class about the other event just to sound smart.
    • Be sure to remember who the teacher is, and avoid acting like a know it all by giving the teacher constant corrections.
  4. Thank your teacher.If you show a little appreciation, your teacher will not only like you but know that you care about the value of education. Again, try not to be a suck up or insincere. Think of ways that you’ve learned from your teacher, and try to be brief but specific.
    • For example, you might say, “It was really cool to learn about the Boston Tea Party, and I wanted to thank you for teaching us about it. I used to think it was literally a tea party! Now I understand that it was an important symbolic protest and involved so many complicated factors.”

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How do I make the teacher think I am smart when I am too nervous to ask questions?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Everybody gets nervous about asking questions/speaking in class. You just have to get used to it. The more you push yourself out of your comfort zone and do it, the easier it will be.
  • Question
    Math is not my strongest subject and I don't know how to ask my teacher for help without seeming stupid. How do I do that?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Your teacher will not think you are stupid for asking for help. In fact, they like it when you ask for help because it shows you're paying attention and you care about understanding the material. If you don't want to speak up during class, approach your teacher before or after class and ask if they can give you some extra help.
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