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What makes a great professor? Humber and Guelph-Humber students tell us

by Kayzia Boilard

As students, we know that nothing is better than taking a class with a truly great professor. Whether they have an amazing sense of humour, they’re kind and understanding, or they just really go the extra mile to make sure that students are learning, a great professor makes all the difference in the classroom.

But what is it that really makes a great professor? We asked Humber and Guelph-Humber students.


Kalvin Min

Program: Electromechanical Engineering technology, first year, Humber

Favourite professor: Lars Kristjansen, School of Applied Technology

“Enthusiasm is key; it makes for great lectures, and when a professor is into a lecture, students are much more likely to be engaged and remember the contents of the lesson.”

Nikita Mustapha

Program: Business Management, first year, Humber

“Someone who’s willing to listen to students and their preferences. Rather than speaking for the whole class, allows discussion, and also has a positive attitude.”

Female teacher helping student

Zachary Goodman

Program: Electromechanical Engineering Technology, first year, North Campus

Favourite professor: Lars Kristjansen, School of Applied Technology

“Every time Lars comes into class you always know he’s there. He is just very enthusiastic and makes sure that every student understands what he is teaching.”

Female teacher helping student

Jenna Belvedere

Program: Interior Decorating, second year, North Campus

Favourite professor: Alexander Schvartz, School of Liberal Arts and Science and Vanessa VilicEvangelista, Interior Decorating

“Organized, gives out rubrics, doesn’t hand out pointless assignments.”

Male teacher, taking question from student

Valerie

Program: Psychology, second year, Guelph-Humber

Favourite professor: Julie Goldenson, Psychology

“One that wants to see all students succeed.”

Valentina

Program: Psychology, second year, Guelph-Humber

Favourite professor: Julie Goldenson, Psychology

“Being very approachable and having engaging lessons.”

Maddy

Program: Psychology, third year, Guelph-Humber

Favourite professor: Julie Goldenson, Psychology

“Being approachable and wanting students to succeed.”

Male teacher helping students, pointing

Alyse Gutenburg

Program: Bachelor of Nursing, second year, Humber

“Engaging, animated, connects subject matter to real-life scenarios, is passionate about the subject matter, and uses humour.”

Male professor teaching

Pauline Fung

Program and year: Bachelor of Nursing, second year, Humber

“Providing good notes for reference, is enthusiastic when lecturing and not monotone, and uses applicable examples to the program.”


We love great profs! But sometimes bad experiences or misunderstandings happen  – when that happens, it’s important to know your rights as Humber and Guelph-Humber students.

 

*These interviews have been edited for length and clarity