When leaving high school to come to college, you’ll face many differences. Sure, you’ll be doing your own laundry and making your own meals, but there are also differences in the classroom. In this post, we’ll give you the 411 on professors, and how to make the best impression on them.
Take Advantage of Their Office Hours
When transitioning from a high school classroom of 20 students to a large college auditorium filled with hundreds of students, it can be overwhelming, but exciting! Because of the increase of number in students, it’s needless to say that professors won’t know you as well as your high school teachers did. Professors have “office hours” which are when students can meet with them one on one to discuss grades, assignments, or other school related questions. Teachers love when students attend office hours because it shows you’re serious about school and it also sets you apart from the other 199 students in your class.
Extra Credit Will Help More Than Just Your Grade
When teachers give extra credit such as attending a Star Gazing night for an Astronomy class, or a Networking Night for a Mass Communication class, attend! Not only will this give you some extra points for your grade, but it’ll set you apart from others in your class and will help you stand out to your professor.
Have Mutual Respect
College is obviously a different environment than high school was, but don’t take advantage of this. When professors make rules such as no cell phones during class, prove to them that you are an adult and can listen to simple rules such as these. If there are rules given in a classroom, they’re always taken seriously by the professor and should be by you as well.
Use Email Etiquette and Professionalism
When emailing your professors, make sure to be professional and grammatically correct! Also, you don’t want to forget to put what class and section you are in and your name in the subject of the email. Professors have a lot of students and teach more than one class, so remember to be clear. Also, pay attention on the first day of class on what your professor wants to be called. Some teachers like to be called by just their first name. Others prefer if you say “Dr. Smith” or “Professor Jones.”
Are you a current student at LSU? What is some advice for incoming students when interacting with professors?