Perhaps the best way to kill the excitement of a new semester is realizing that one of your professors is not quite what you were hoping for. In fact, he or she might be downright bad. Knowing what to do when you have a bad college professor can sometimes seem overwhelming with so many other things to manage -- not to mention a class to pass! Lucky you still have some options for working around the situation even in case you're totally stuck with Prof. How-Did-He-Get-This-Job. See if you still have time to switch classes. You may have time to switch to another class or even postpone this class until a later semester (when a different professor takes it over)in case you realize your situation early enough. About the add/drop deadline and what other classes might be open, check with the campus registar’s office. See if you can just sit in on another lecture section in case you cannot switch professors. You might be able to attend a different professor's lectures as long as you still go to your particular discussion sections/seminar while this only works for large lecture classes.

What to do if you have a bad college professor

Many classes have the same daily reading and assignments, regardless of who the professor is. See whether someone else's lecture or teaching style better matches with your own. Get help from other students. Chances are you're not alone in struggling with your professor. Check in with other students and see how you can help each other out: meetings after classes? helping to read each other's papers or lab drafts? Get a tutor. Bad professors often can lead to bad grades. Get a tutor as soon as possible in case you find yourself struggling. And either - would you feel worse asking for help now or possibly failing (and having to retake the class) again later? – don’t be shy about it. About how to find a tutor as soon as possible, check with a tutoring center, your residence hall staff, or any upperclass students.  Remember that you have the option of dropping the class -- by the deadline. Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can't make it work with a bad professor. Make sure you do so by the appropriate deadline in case you need to drop the class. The last thing you need is a bad grade on your transcript on top of the bad experience. If something serious is going on, speak to someone. There are bad professors that don't teach well, and then there are unfortunately bad professors who say offensive things in a classroom or who treat different kinds of students differently. Talk to someone as soon as possible in case you think this is going on. Reach out to your adviser, your RA, other faculty members, the chair of the department, or even the dean or provost to bring the situation to someone's attention. Take a moment to see how you can change your own approach to the situation. Are you stuck with a professor who you always disagree with?