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Meeting with Your Instructor

Why?  ◊  So you can make the best grades possible, develop a relationship with a possible mentor, and gain career advice.

When? ◊  Anytime, but especially when you feel you need some extra help or advice.

How? ◊  Read below:

  • Schedule meetings during your instructor’s office hours (usually listed in your course syllabus and on the instructor’s office door).

  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, be sure to let your instructor know as soon as possible.

  • During the meeting:  Be respectful always, but relax – this is not ‘graded’ time!

  • Go with questions/materials you may need and plan to take notes.

  • Show your instructor your work and class notes for feedback on your comprehension and study habits.

  • Ask about what you missed on tests and papers, as well as any time you missed class.

  • Ask for advice on preparing for exams.

  • If you are interested in the subject, asked about declaring it as a major and possible discuss careers in that field.

  • Never say something like:  “I was absent yesterday.  Did I miss anything?”  - That’s not smart.  Every class is important!

  • Ask if your instructor is open to answering occasional short questions via e-mail or office phone.

  • Thank your instructor for meeting with you.

  • Remember you should meet your instructor during office hours for feedback and more in-depth advice, as well as attending class regularly.

Page last updated: May 13, 2013