- What are the different types of students in a class?
A typical classroom has students from different backgrounds. Each student is brought up differently at home but has to conform to the same rules in a classroom.
Now, that is a bit harsh for a student. Don’t you think? One set of principles to live by at home and another to adhere to in school.
This is a universal issue but is something that everyone has to go through. In college, the difference may be more apparent especially when you attend college in a different country. You see students from different ethnicities too.
However unusual it is for teachers and peers to see different types of students in class, it is also interesting to note all the various types of students.
Through this blog, we have tried to categorise the different types of students in a class based on the evident characteristics and mannerisms of the students.
Though not scientifically grouped, the types of students in school mentioned here are based on observation coupled with a bit of humour.
Find out which type of student you are
1. Teacher’s Pet. Is that You?
Among the different types of students, one of the notable types is the teacher’s pet. So what are the mannerisms of students that fall into this category?
Usually, students who do not waver from teacher’s instructions are the students who are termed as the teacher’s pet.
In school or college, students normally obey the instructions of teachers or mentors. However, there are certain instances where obeying to the point can bring on the tag of being the teacher’s pet.
For example, when the teacher has to step out of the classroom for a few minutes, leaving the class unattended, she might instruct students not to talk or even whisper.
Now, here is the real test. As soon as the teacher steps out there will be a roar of sound, cackling, giggling and whispering.
Notice the students who strictly obey the teacher. These students may be the teacher’s pet. Are you a teacher’s pet?
Another type of student in school and college is the over-enthusiastic type. These students are always eager to answer, eager to volunteer and keen to always be the first to respond.
Having over-enthusiastic classmates can be a boon and a bane at times. They come as a boon when you have not prepared well enough on a topic and the teacher asks you to present the topic.
You can be rest assured that the over-enthusiastic student will be the first to volunteer to make the presentation, thereby buying you time to prepare
On the downside, over-enthusiastic students can be irritating, especially when they do not allow other students to shine.
3. The All-Rounder
The all-rounder is good at everything. A bit of sport, cultural activity participation, decent marks, they have it all.
These types of students in a class are the Jack of all trades. Good at everything, bad at nothing. Do you always wonder how they manage such a perfect balance?
4. The Geek
A very knowledgeable student who has answers to everything the geek of the class.
Often also called nerds, these types of students at school usually do not participate in anything that does not concern academics. They have the passion and aim to only score a percent.
The teacher’s pet, over-enthusiastic, the all-rounder, and the geeks are often further categorised as first benchers, though literally, they may not always sit on the first bench.
It’s a name that these types of students have earned for themselves.
5. The Student Who Fatigues the Rest
It’s the last class of the day. The teacher has completed the lesson. The lesson was boring and you are eager to close your books and wind up for the day.
Suddenly, a student stands up to clear his doubt on the lesson. Now that’s a student who fatigues his classmates.
Just when the lesson gets over and you mark a sigh of relief, your classmate asks a question. He or she has delayed the class for another few minutes.
You want to just punch the daylights out of the student for standing up to ask a doubt.
6. The Class Joker
Other types of students in college are the class clowns. They have an inbuilt joke bank for every situation. They are witty and comical in the classroom. Just sitting around them can fill your day with laughter.
7. The Far Far Away Student
The far far away students as we would like to name them, are physically present in the class but mentally in a faraway land. These are the students that often get chalk pieces thrown at them to bring them back to the class.
They are the day dreamers that need to be reminded time and again that they are in a classroom. This type of students in a class are mostly aloof when the lecture is going on
8. Students Who Have Never Seen the Day
Many far far away students also end up being the same students who fall asleep in the classroom. These students have the knack of dozing off just about anywhere.
They can doze off while sitting on the chair in an upright position or doze off slumping on the desk.
9. The Picassos
The famous Spanish painter Picasso, seems to have inspired a lot of students in a class. Many students can doodle, draw or colour while the lecture goes on.
Their listening skills are active but their hands are busy doodling on anything they can find, be it paper, rubber, or even the desk.
10. Attention Seeker
One category of types of students at school is attention seekers. They will do anything to gain the attention of the teacher or their classmates. They may ask irrelevant questions just to change the focus of the class on themselves.
As the name suggests, this category of students can draw attention to themselves without much effort. They are natural at being charismatic and attract a huge fan following.
12. The Big Bully
It is not uncommon to see these types of students in college. They like to pick on students who they feel are weaker than them.
These types of students are not liked anywhere and must be counseled to stop such bullying behaviour.
In India legislations are in place to curb the practice of bullying and ragging by students.
13. The Non-Existent
The non-existent student is never present in the class or even if he makes a rare appearance, he doesn’t interact or socialise much. Sometimes such students are seen only during the examination dates.
These students are also called last benchers because the lectures do not interest them.
14. The Show-Off
See my new pen. My mom gifted me this glitter colour pack for my birthday. Yes, these are the show-off type of students in a class. Just anything would do as long as they have something to show off about.
A show-off in college will always talk about the latest trends in town. Even if it does not interest them, they show their false enthusiasm.
15. Never on Time
Among the different types of students, are the latecomers. They are never on time for the days’ classes.
You keep wondering how they manage to be late every single day. Sometimes you wish the college changed the timings just for them.
16. Mama’s Boy
This type of student in college always brings packed lunch from home while his classmates sit at the canteen eating a pizza or a burger.
Now, this is mama’s boy, eating healthy home-cooked meals while his classmates survive on the junk.
So now that you have an idea of the different types of students, try to find out what category each of your students falls in. Do you know what category you fall in or are you just YOU?