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Is It Normal to Correct a Lecturer in Class? Let's Chat!

Although another world may be a bit different, Nigeria is our country and we understand this nation pretty well. Correcting lecturers in class is nothing new here but the consequences may not be friendly for some people.


This is why when such occurs the reaction will be overwhelmed.

Reactions to a student correction a lecturer in class

Though it's easy to conclude that since our lecturers are largely fanatics and sadists, correcting them, while in class, shouldn't be taken as a joke. More people will see it as a bad thing to do!


We can only conclude if we explore enough experiences and see what won't work and what will.


In this post, let's answer your question, "Is normal to correct a lecturer in class in Nigeria?

Other People's Experiences

Different students may have varying experiences when it comes to correcting lecturers. Some may have had positive encounters where their corrections were well-received and led to improved understanding. Others may have faced challenges or cultural barriers that discouraged them from correcting lecturers openly.


I've come across a lecturer who was seeking guidance on how to undo his mistake after he had wrongly answered a student but realized that after leaving the class. This simply means, not all lecturers won't want to be corrected if this one regretted his wrong answer.


According to the said lecturer, 


I feel bad right now, a student asked a question in class and I answered thinking that was the right answer at the time but discovered after the class that it was wrong...how do you rectify this as a teacher...


It's important to remember that every situation and lecturer is unique, and the response you receive may vary. It's always advisable to approach corrections with respect, humility, and a genuine desire to contribute to the academic environment.


A 100-level student who corrected his lecturer got some mixed reactions too. The picture and post below appeared on Facebook and was battered with some negative reactions.

The Facebook comments were full of assumptions. But looking at the posture of the lecturer, you might also conclude "There is fire on the mountain".

It's Acceptable To Correct Your Lecturer If Done Well

It's actually okay to politely correct your lecturer during class? It's pretty cool, right? Even though there's this general culture of showing respect to lecturers, they totally understand that learning and achieving academic greatness sometimes requires us to gently point out things that need fixing. It's all about benefiting everyone and enhancing our knowledge together.


So, imagine this: you're sitting in class, and your lecturer makes a small mistake. Well, guess what? You have the green light to kindly correct them! It's not a big deal at all. In Nigeria, they encourage this kind of interaction because it helps us all learn better and strive for academic excellence. So, don't be shy to speak up when it's for the greater good!


The key: "Do it very politely"

How to Do It Well

When seeking to correct a lecturer, it is essential to approach the situation with tact and diplomacy. Here are some tips to do it well:


  1. Choose the right time: Wait for an appropriate moment, such as after the lecture or during the lecturer's office hours, to raise your concerns.
  2. Be respectful and polite: Use a respectful tone and language when addressing the lecturer. Remember to acknowledge their expertise and position.
  3. Provide evidence or alternative perspectives: Back up your correction with credible sources or additional information to support your point. This demonstrates that your intention is to contribute to the discussion rather than undermine the lecturer.
  4. Seek clarification: Instead of directly stating that the lecturer is wrong, approach the correction as seeking clarification or asking for further explanation. This can help maintain a collaborative and non-confrontational atmosphere.

Better Done While Alone With the Lecturer

If you wanna keep the classroom vibe chill and respectful, it's usually best to talk to the lecturer about any issues or corrections in private. 


That way, you can have a real heart-to-heart without putting them on the spot or messing up the flow of the class.


Directly challenging or openly correcting a lecturer during class may be seen as confrontational or disrespectful in certain situations. 


Remember, a private convo means you can have a more open and productive discussion. No need to make things awkward for the lecturer or distract everyone in the middle of the lesson. Let's keep it cool and handle things behind the scenes!

How to Do It in Privacy

If you prefer a private setting to correct a lecturer, you can arrange a meeting with them during their office hours. 


This allows for a one-on-one conversation where you can express your concerns, provide evidence if necessary, and engage in a meaningful discussion without the presence of other students.


It's advisable to consider the dynamics of the specific academic environment and the relationship between students and lecturers before deciding to correct a lecturer in class.

Conclusion

he act of correcting a lecturer in class in Nigeria can have varied outcomes. Some students may have positive experiences where their corrections are well-received and contribute to a better understanding. However, it's important to approach corrections with respect and humility, as there may be cultural barriers or negative consequences for some individuals. Each situation is unique, and it's essential to consider the lecturer's personality and the academic environment before deciding to correct them openly.


While it is generally acceptable to politely correct a lecturer during class in Nigeria, it is advisable to do so in a private setting whenever possible. By addressing the issue one-on-one, either after the lecture or during the lecturer's office hours, you can engage in a constructive and meaningful discussion without disrupting the flow of the class or potentially embarrassing the lecturer.


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