Inside the Classroom
Upon coming to this campus you will hear the phrase “make it your Babson” quite frequently. Part of “making it your Babson” consists of what happens in the classroom. We've asked faculty members a few questions about classroom etiquette to give new students a sense of expectations in the Babson classroom.
What should students expect from their professors?
“Students should expect a variety of teaching styles and should be flexible enough to adapt to them. They should get to know their professors’ approach quickly so that they can adapt their study habits to the professor’s expectations.”
“Students should expect to be challenged and to learn. This means they won't necessarily get everything "right" the first time. They should be willing to learn from their mistakes and take constructive criticism with the goal of improving their work.”
“From my perspective, it is actually all amazingly simple. Students should come to class prepared; even if students do not read carefully, they should at least skim the assigned reading as even skimming will help them better follow what's going on in class. If there is something they don't understand, they should contact the professor (raise their hand, talk to the professor after class, or send an email). So, the best students are the ones who are engaged and take responsibility for learning the material.”
What does it mean to be a “professional student”?
“Professional students treat the classroom like a business meeting. They show up and are prepared. They do not distract others and are respectful of opposing views."
“Physically walk the campus to find resources such as the library, the Math Resource Center, CCD, the Writing Center, and the Speech Resource Center before you actually need them. That way, you'll be ready when you do need them.”
“They make an effort to get to know the faculty and get to know the other students in class.”
“Time management. Break each assignment into little pieces and do a bit each day.”
“Self-advocacy. Seek out help when you need it. Don't waste time floundering.”
“What distinguishes Babson is the commitment of professors to students. We care about you and want you to succeed, so call on us to help you do that.”
What is considered poor student etiquette?
“During class time, laptops should only be used for class related purposes.”
“Students should respect the individual laptop policies that the instructor creates for class.”
“The above guidelines also apply to cell phones! No texting, taking phone calls, etc.”
“Not completing in assignments until after receiving a failing grade, then coming to talk to me after the fact. The lesson here is that if you are struggling, you need to tell the professor as early as possible, ideally well before the due date.”
“Hiding in class or being nothing more than physically present. Even the other extreme: talking over other students/dominating the discussion.”