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Managing Teacher's expectations

Being in school can be a real pain sometimes (actually, most of the time). It doesn’t matter if you are at university, college or TAFE, there is one thing that gets to all of us: teachers’ expectations. I mean, they just want so much when we have so little time. If we are not careful the expectation gets a bit much and starts to become overwhelming.

Now when things get like this, we only have a few options: run away and start a new life in Fiji; figure out why we might be feeling so stressed; or talk to our teachers about it.

If you haven’t chosen to flee to Fiji, then start by asking yourself: why am I feeling so stressed about my teachers’ expectations? Often the way we react to expectations is shaped by our upbringing. Do your parents have high expectations of you? Do they get really disappointed if you don’t meet their expectations? If the answer is yes and hell yes, then you might have unresolved issues from your past that are affecting your present. (Welcome to the club). Talking to loved ones, or even therapy, can help with this.

If you feel like it’s not you, and your teacher is just a dictator, then that’s another story. The two things you need in this situation are transparency and clarity (oh and also communication). In other words, you need to speak to your teacher to find out exactly what they expect from you; if you feel like you can’t meet those expectations you need to make that clear to them, so they can help you. Remember lecturers, teachers and instructors are paid to help you. If you make it clear that you need help, they are likely to give it to you. It might be awkward at first but take the leap – it is better than pulling your hair out with stress, trust me.

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.




To Sir, With Love by E.R Braithwaite
This is an autobiographical novel by E. R. Braithwaite set in the East End of London. The novel is based on true events of Braithwaite's inspirational teaching career a Greenslade school.

Managing Expectations by George Pitagorsky
This book shows you how to best define expectations at the beginning, keep them realistic as you proceed, and align your actions with those expectations to arrive at win-win results.

The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook by Jill Grimes
This book provides accurate, trustworthy, evidence-based medical information (served with a dose of humor) to reduce anxiety and stress and help set appropriate expectations for more than fifty common issues.


A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Dead Poets Society
Maverick teacher John Keating uses poetry to embolden his boarding school students to new heights of self-expression.

School of Rock
Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn his class into a rock band.


To be honest, there are not many playlists about ‘managing expectations’, so instead, here are some playlists that will make you feel great.


Pray, Love, Grow
On this anniversary episode of Pray, Love, Grow, the host tell you how to curb your expectations of other people, accept who you are and what’s in front of you and grow from there.

The Being & The Doing
In this episode Laurel shares how expectations can create chaos and an important strategy for managing expectations to reduce unnecessary stress in your life.

Managing Expectations
This podcast discusses different aspects of the two host's tribulations that come with expectations and what they mean to everyone.

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