1. The students that do not usually read the material before class, making attempts at class discussion fail miserably. Then when asked students want to know why there isn't more class discussions and less lecture.
2. Students' turn in papers that are not fastened with a staple or paper clip. Sometimes they bend the edges, rip the page corner or lick the corner so they will stay together, for a short time.
3. Students say, "I have to miss class on Friday; will I miss anything important?" or "I missed class yesterday, did you do anything important?"
4. Students sit in class reading something that is obviously not for the course "newspapers and romance novels" are particularly noticeable.
5. Students come to class and do not take a single note and yet they think that 90% of the grade is from attendance.
6. Students who miss a single point or two on an assignment and want to know what they did wrong.
7. Students who ask about an assignment that is clearly outlined in the syllabus and because they can't find their syllabus they need both an explanation and an extra copy.
8. Students who miss class often or because something they thought was a higher priority - such as "My boyfriend might be coming into town, and I wanted to find a new dress." or "I have a meeting with our wedding planner at that time" for a wedding that is 1 year away. or "My sister couldn't find a babysitter so I had to stay and do it so she could go to work." or "I was at an amateur competition at the bar last night, and my costume wasn't ready so I had to miss class to get it ready." - Read excuses given.
9. I had a student tell me that she had learned about multiple intelligences and found out that her learning style meant that she didn't learn anything by reading. If I wanted her to learn anything would I please make it part of the lecture material or she should not be required to know it for any tests.
10. Students who don't seem to be concerned about their grade until the end of the semester and then they want to share all of the problems that they feel should excuse their poor performance.