One of the most misunderstood connections is the student and professor relationship. The truth is having good relationships with your professors is the first step to achieving a successful college experience. Here are some tips to help you either build or repair relationships with your professors and make a connection that will help you graduate.
- Arrange to see them during office hours. That’s what those hours are there for. During these times your professor is making him/herself available to you. Ask for help.
- Ask questions during class. Even if you are not much of a talker, asking questions shows your professor you are interested in the material. By being involved in the class you are helping them to identify you as an engaged learner.
- Ignore the 10-minute rule. If your professor is running late, be sure to stick around. I remember sticking around once when almost everyone in my class disappeared. Guess who he remembered later? That waiting did pay off for me in the end.
- Come to class on time. Nothing upsets a professor more (I know because I taught a class) than students coming to class after it has already started.
- Look the part. Believe it or not, professors have prejudices too. Sometimes perception can become reality. If you want to be taken seriously by your professors, you need to look the part. I’m not saying you have to wear a suit or your Sunday’s best, but I think it’s very important that you present yourself in such a way that no one ever questions your commitment to education. You may not have the money for new clothes, but if you appear neat and clean that will make a world of difference in how your professors perceive you.
These are simple yet important things to implement if you’re going to stay connected throughout college and graduate relatively smoothly.