Sometimes, a teacher just doesn’t like you, and it sucks. Maybe you accidentally disrespected them once, and they never forgave you. Maybe you weren’t a great student in the beginning of the year, and they don’t want to give you a second chance. Whatever the reasoning behind it, dealing with a teacher who has it out for you can potentially ruin your grades and school year.

So, what are you supposed to do when this happens? Here are 8 tips on what to do when your teacher doesn’t like you:

Don’t Give Them A Reason To Dislike You

If you’re already on a teacher’s bad side, be on your best behaviour all the time so that you don’t give them another reason to dislike you. Stay quiet in class, get your work done, and do what is asked of you. If you’re doing all of the right things, they’ll either change their mind – or it gives you more of a reason to discuss this issue with someone else.

Go To Extra Help

Show your teacher that they’re wrong about you by showing up to extra help and going above and beyond what you’re supposed to do. Don’t be annoying about it, just do it. Once they see how hard you’re trying, they may feel differently about you.

Focus On Following The Rules

Make sure you are following every rule exactly how you were told. If you’re confused on how to do something, talk to your teacher and get a clear answer. Make sure you’re doing everything exactly right so that if you complain about this, you have every reason to do so.

Get Your Parents Involved

If you feel like the situation is really unfair, go to your parents. Tell them what’s going on. Be honest with your story. If you did do something wrong to make your teacher dislike you, tell your parents that. It’s hard for them to fight for you if they don’t have all the facts. Your parents may be able to have a meeting with your teacher and might accomplish more than you can.

Don’t Settle For A Grade You Feel Like You Don’t Deserve

If you’ve been working your butt off, and your teacher gives you a low grade simply because of their personal feelings for you, that’s not okay. You need to speak up if you feel like you deserve a better grade. You can talk to your teacher or bring it to someone above them. I would suggest talking to your teacher first, as immediately going above them will automatically make them angry.

Have A Private Talk With Your Teacher

If you feel like things are out of hand, have a private talk with your teacher. You shouldn’t be like, “Why do you hate me?” Rather, be very polite and make it clear to him/her that you’re a serious student, you love the subject and you want to get good grade in it. A talk like this shows that you respect your teacher. It may help them warm up to you.

Try Not To Talk About It Too Much

It’s fine to vent about the issue at home or with certain friends, but try to talk about it with everyone who will listen. Gossip travels fast, especially in a school, and you don’t want it to getting back to your teacher that you were blabbing about them. That won’t help you at all.

Get Someone Higher Up Involved If Necessary

If things aren’t improving no matter what you do, you may have to go over your teacher’s head to someone else – the head of their department, the vice principal or the principal. If you feel like you’re being treated unfairly, you have to do this. It doesn’t matter if that makes your teacher mad. If they aren’t grading you properly because of their personal feelings for you, that’s wrong.