As a professor at the academy, Byleth must lecture their students every week.
During the academy phase, the player will get the chance to deliver lectures to their class during the week. After the timeskip, the lectures become more conference-like. During lectures, the player will be able to train specific skills, assign students to group assignments, as well as answer students' personal questions. Optimizing your lectures is very important, since it will help your units quickly level up their skills and unlock more powerful abilities.
This guide contains the following information.
One-on-one instruction time between Byleth and their students.
Overview of Instruction
At the start of every week, the player can personally instruct their students to improve their skill levels. This instruction time is the main way to quickly grow a unit's skill level. The only catch is that Byleth themself cannot gain any skill experience here.
The player can either choose to instruct manually, or to let the game take over and instruct automatically. Unless you're feeling extremely lazy, it's always better to instruct manually, since it gives you full control. Letting the game instruct automatically will select random units and instruct them in skills that relate to their current class.
The number of students that the player can instruct each week is limited by the number of Lecture Points. Similar to Activity Points and Battle Points, the player will gain more Lecture Points as their professor level increases. The following table shows how many Lecture Points the player has to work with at each professor level.
|E – E+
|D – D+
|C – C+
|B – B+
|A – A+
Each student has a motivation counter that governs how much they're willing to learn during instruction. Motivation caps out at four, and can be increased by interacting with the student in the monastery (eating, giving gifts, etc.). With each round of instruction, the student's motivation will decrease by one.
During each round of instruction, the student can achieve four different levels of understanding, each with different effects on their skill growth.
|Skill Exp. Modifier
The first time a student achieves "Perfect Understanding" for each week, the player will get the option to "Praise" them and restore one point of motivation.
Similarly, the first time each week that a student achieves "Bad Understanding", the player will be given the choice to either "Critique" or "Console" them. It seems that students will only ever get "Bad Understanding" if they started with 50 motivation or lower (if anyone has video proof refuting this, please let me know). Different students respond to these in different ways, if the player chooses the student's preferred option, they will recover one point of motivation. The tables below list each character's preferred choice.
Byleth can set goals for their students.
Overview of Goals
At the beginning of each week, the player can set goals in up to 2 skills (per student) for their students for that week. Then, at the end of the week, each student will gain a significant of skill experience in their goal skills. If a student only has one skill set, the amount of skill experience gained will be increased by a factor of 1.5x.
The amount of experience gained from goals changes based on whether the student is proficient, neutral, or struggles at the skill in question. It also varies based on the game's difficulty level. The following table illustrates the differences.
Byleth can assign two students to perform a group task each week.
Overview of Group Tasks
Each week, the player can assign two students to perform a group task together. There are three options for group tasks, each linked to a specific skill.
- Stable Duty (Riding )
- Weeding (Heavy Armor )
- Sky Watch (Flying )
The rewards from the three group tasks are the same, only differing in which skill each gives experience for. Rewards will also changed based on how well your students performed in the task. There are two levels of performance, "Good" and "Perfect". Characters with a boon in the required skill will have a higher chance of getting "Perfect", whereas characters with a bane will have a lower chance. The table below shows the different reward levels.
|3x Smithing Stone
|5x Smithing Stone
Byleth answers questions and gives their students general advice.
Overview of Lecture Questions
During the first week of each month, a random student will approach the player with a question. There are three different responses to this question, each eliciting a different reaction from the student. If they love your answer, they'll gain 2 points of motivation, and you'll earn a lot of professor experience. If they hate your answer, you'll still gain some professor experience, but the student won't gain any motivation. If your answer is so-so, they will gain 1 point of motivation and you'll gain some professor experience.
The amount of professor experience you gain for your answer depends on what your current professor level is. The higher your level goes, the more you will gain. Choosing the best answer will also increase the amount of professor experience gained by 20%. The exact values are listed below.
|C and higher
List of Questions and Best Answers
All known questions are listed in the following two sections along with their best answers. Note that this may not be an exhaustive list. If you see a question that isn't listed here, please suggest an edit.
Note that some of the War Phase questions/answers will contain spoilers.
Academy Phase Questions
The following table lists all of the known questions that students will ask during the Academy Phase.
|You know how sometimes an ordinary girl can be more popular than an exceptional beauty? Or how, with aristocrats, some prefer a viscount when they could have a duke instead? Why do you think that is?
|Fancy meals are boring if you eat them every day.
|When one professor lectures many students, some will inevitably have trouble keeping up, while others will get too far ahead in their studies. I wonder how this problem might be solved...
|Perhaps we should make lectures optional.
|Such interesting ideas you seem to have, Professor, but tell me this: what would you do if you were given the task of teaching a subject than you yourself did not understand?
|I'd take the time to study the subject before teaching it.
|Pretty soon I'll have eaten everything they have to offer in the dining hall. Then what am I supposed to do? Keep eating the same boring meals over and over again?
|You should just enjoy what you've got.
|Um. Sorry, but you should probably just skip me. I don't have a question to ask. How would I even think of one?
|You just did.
|I am an avid arms collector. Since coming to live here, however, I have had much more trouble finding new items for my collection. Any ideas as to where I might find some uncommon weapons?
|Ask a blacksmith to teach you how to craft your own.
|When I take a lecture I'm not interested in, I get so... sleepy. I just can't fight it. I should just give up, don't you think? Close my eyes and enjoy a peaceful slumber?
|No need to fight it. You can't help it.
|I am having a question. I wish for improvement of my lance skills. But I am having uncertainty about how to be training effectively. What should I be doing?
|Try studying the movements of others for improvement.
|Lectures about strategy or reason require so much focus, I end up absolutely famished! But if I go to class after a big meal, I can't help getting sleepy...
|Bring along a snack, just in case.
|I'm.. .kind of terrified to walk the monastery grounds at night. It's unnerving how dark and quiet the place gets! How can I conquer my fear?
|Think of it as training for night marches.
|I enjoy a good ghost story, but I've never seen a ghost in real life. I would love to have that experience for myself, even just once!
|Maybe you need a ritual to summon one.
|Art has never been my forte. Even when I apply myself and sketch a ton, I don't seem to improve much. I can envision an image so perfectly in head, but turning it into something physical that I feel good about eludes me...
|Don't worry about the end result. Just keep practicing.
|Magic is not my forte. Being a gifted swordsman, I think my time is best served practicing swordplay technique. Why should I waste my time attending lectures, just to improve my magic skills from mediocre to average?
|Knowing magic will make you a stronger swordsman.
|Though I have served His Highness for four years, he has eluded my every attempt to learn his favorite foods.
|Maybe he just likes everything.
|I've been trying to win the heart of this girl, but none of the fancy gifts or weet things I tell her have worked. Do you know any secret dating tricks I can use to win her heart?
|Stay away for a while so she starts to miss you.
|No matter the weapon, it cannot be wielded properly without ample strength and stamina, regardless of the skills one may possess. I've been using various training techniques, but lately I feel like they all are lacking...
|Try focusing on one skill at a time, at least for a while.
|That was a fascinating lecture, but now my brain is fried. I feel like I need a change of pace to reinvigorate me. What do you recommend?
|Try going for a stroll around the monastery.
|There's so much to do and never enough time in which to do it. Sleep is a nuisance, but my body forces me to slow down, even though my mind doesn't want to. Do you have any tips for shaking tired feelings away?
|Sleeping when you're tired is best for you.
|The ladies have been giving me the cold shoulder, of late, I believe it is because they are intimidated by my noble presence. How can I be more... accessible?
|Sounds like it's their problem, not yours.
|I just wanna eat meat and fish, but everyone in the dining hall says I gotta eat vegetables too! I'm never gonna get full on stupid leaves!
|Eating vegetable will help your muscles grow.
|I don't care about being pretty or anything, but it bothers me that some people don't even realize I'm a girl.
|They're wrong, pay them no mind
|Um, excuse me... Can you help me? I always get the feeling that I'm being watched. I get so nervous that I can't sleep at night...
|You might be right. You should be careful.
|I hate cleaning my room. It's so boring, and to be honest, I'm kinda lazy. But I don't want my room to get messy. Who do you think I should get to tidy up for me?
|Ask somebody who's good at cleaning.
|I'm not very good at sharing my opinion. Usually, I just go along with what everybody else thinks. I don't want to bother anyone. Um...
|They'll appreciate your opinion. Let yourself be heard.
|When I ask them to take part in my experiments, even the most industrious students run away from me. No matter how sincerely I plead! Do you have any suggestions?
|Make the "Experiment" a "job" and pay them handsomely.
|Some people hate spiders or centipedes, but they have no strong feelings towards flies or crickets. Why is that?
|They may all be bugs, but they're such different species.
|Hey. Maybe you can answer a question I've had for a while now... Why is it that men don't like women who are messy?
|Men have unrealistic expectations.
|As a member of the knights, I sometimes travel by ship for my missions. But I have a bit of a weak stomach...What can I do to tamp down my sea sickness?
|Medicine and magic should help.
|I want to be able to talk to males and make friends with them, but my brother always causes such a fuss when I do. Do you have any advice for me?
|Do it when he's not looking.
|One of your students keeps challenging me to fight him, but he has no idea how to wield a sword. It's a waste of time for both of us. What am I supposed to do?
|Drop a hint that he needs a new training partner.
|I'm real happy here, but there's somebody who has up and decided to take pity on me. Without asking! It's real darn irritating, and I want them to know it. I just don't know how I can make myself understood.
|Show them how happy you are working here.
|Fodlan has been around for a really long time. That means it's just loaded with treasure. How do you figure I should go about finding all of it?
|Investigate local folklore from different regions.
|A friend of mine's deep in debt, but every time he gets his hands on some money, he ends up giving it to someone he thinks needs it more. Is he going about it all wrong?
|Why not split the money in half?
|Classrooms are so noisy. All that clutter gives me a headache after a while. I can't stand it.
|Cover your ears then.
|I hope you will indulge me with a candid reply, Professor, so I can have a good laugh. As a noble, can you name even one thing I am lacking?
|Only an official title.
|Whenever I send money or food to my mother, she insists she doesn't need any of it. How do I make her happy?
|Deliver them personally.
War Phase Questions
The following table lists all of the known questions that students will ask during the War Phase.