19 Classroom Etiquette Rules To Follow

Classroom Etiquette Rules
Classroom etiquette rules such as punctuality and respect for others can help you maximize your educational experience. Other rules include addressing lecturers properly, remaining quiet during lectures, participating in class discussions, and not eating in class.

1. Punctuality

Punctuality is an essential classroom rule that you should follow to demonstrate your respect for the teacher and your commitment to learning. You should cultivate and practice punctuality to ensure success in school and beyond.

When you arrive late, you disrupt the class flow, distract other students, and disrupt the teacher’s train of thought. You may also miss important information or instructions, negatively impacting your learning.

2. Turn Off The Phone

You should turn off your cell phone or put it on silent mode while in class to avoid any disruptions. Turning off your phone will help you stay focused on your studies and show respect to your teacher and other learners.

If you need to use your phone during class to take notes or access course materials, use the “Do Not Disturb” mode. 

3. Address Professor Properly 

Being respectful and professional when addressing your professor in person and in writing is an important classroom discipline. If the professor has indicated a preference for a different title or form of address, then you should follow their lead. 

For example, “Professor [Last Name]” or “Dr. [Last Name]” if they hold a doctoral degree.

4. No Meals During Lectures

Eating during a lecture is the last thing you should do as a student. You cannot concentrate on your lesson while eating.

You will distract other students and the lecturer. Eat before entering the lecture room.

5. Contribute; Don’t Comment On Discussions

Contributing to a class discussion is more productive and beneficial than making negative comments.

You should approach a class discussion with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn from others. Raise your hand before you speak, and wait for the lecturer to acknowledge you before speaking.

6. Restrict Gossip

talking during class
Don’t talk during class

Gossiping while a lesson is ongoing is a major destruction and a sign of disrespect to your lecturer.

You will likely miss an essential part of the lesson, which can lead to low marks at the end of the semester.

7. Be Attentive

The reason why you are in class is to learn. Taking short notes during the lesson will help you be attentive and active.

Avoid distracting behavior, such as talking to classmates or doing other work.

8. Don’t Bunk

Bunking or skipping lessons can have negative effects on your studies.

Missing lessons can mean missing important information and falling behind in your studies. Bunking could negatively impact your grades and academic performance.

9. Avoid Haphazardly Leaving After Bell Rings

leaving class haphazardly
Don’t leave the class haphazardly

Allow your lecture to wind up the lesson and leave before you start packing up, even if class time is over.

You might miss crucial information if you start packing immediately after the bell rings while the lecturer is still in class. 

10. Don’t Ask To Repeat The Last Class Because You Missed It 

You might have missed out on the last lesson for personal reasons. It is impolite for you to ask your lecturer to repeat the lesson. Remember that the lecturer has a syllabus to cover. Asking him to repeat a lesson is inconsiderate.

You may ask your classmates for notes on the missed lesson or see the lecture privately.

11. Respect And Cooperate With Professor And Classmates

Even if you do not agree with their opinions or beliefs, be polite when arguing out your point. Cooperate during discussions and submit your assignment on time.

12. Don’t Prevent Others From Participating

You should not have the “know it all” attitude that might prevent others from participating in class activities.

If you are more conversant with the topic than others, you can take the lead and let others air their views without fear of rejection.

13. Keep Questions Limited To The Topic

Asking relevant and on-topic questions helps to keep the discussion focused. It also helps everyone to pay attention and stay engaged, encouraging a deeper understanding of the subject.

Before asking a question, take a moment to review it to ensure that it is relevant to the topic. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how your question relates to the main subject of the class.

14. Send Emails Formally

Your emails to your lecturer or professor should be addressed formally. Follow the protocol of writing a formal email.

Make sure to follow up on your email, bearing in mind that your professor is busy and will likely forget to give you feedback.

15. Don’t Throw Junk On The Floor

Cleanliness is a virtue that you should uphold as a student. Make sure to keep your classroom environment clean both inside and outside your classroom.

Never throw junk on the floor. Use the dustbin in your classroom to throw what you don’t need. 

16. Don’t Lie And Abuse

Lying and being abusive can create a hostile classroom environment that is detrimental to everyone’s learning and can harm relationships with classmates and teachers

You should treat others with respect and honesty. These can not only bring harmony in class, but they can also help create a positive and supportive learning environment for everyone.

17. Do Not Cheat On the Test

Cheating is a short-sighted and unethical way to try to succeed in school. Instead of looking for shortcuts, focus on developing good study habits, asking for help when needed, and doing your best to learn the material.

These are the things that will help you succeed in the long run, both academically and in life.

18. Art Of Asking Questions In Classroom

Asking questions in class is an essential aspect of learning. It helps clarify doubts, deepen understanding, and engage with the material. Here are some tips on the art of asking questions in class:

  • Before class, review the material and prepare questions that you may have. 
  • When asking a question, be clear and concise so that the teacher and other students can understand what you are asking. 
  • Listen carefully to what the teacher is saying and to the other students’ questions. 
  • Ask open-ended questions that allow for discussion and exploration of the topic. 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they may be silly or basic. 
  • If you don’t fully understand the answer to your question, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. 
  • When asking questions, be respectful of the teacher and other students. 

19. But Know What Not To Ask The Professor

When communicating with your professor, some questions may not be appropriate or helpful for the situation.

Here are some things you might want to avoid when talking to your professor:

  • Personal questions
  • Questions that can be quickly answered by reading the syllabus or course material.
  • Questions that are irrelevant to the course
  • Questions that are overly critical or argumentative


Tabitha is a curious and enthusiastic writer who believes in the power of words and the importance of good manners. Etiquette is her passion, and she enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.

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