Although it may seem daunting to talk with professors face-to-face, remember that they can help you gain the education and skills that you need. Here are some tips to communicate with your professor.

  1. Learn the syllabus. It is important that you carefully read the syllabus. Your professor took the time to create it. You will be able to learn about the requirements and expectations of the course, as well as get answers to your questions regarding grading and important dates. You will be able to ask more questions and not just repeat what they have already answered.
  2. Make use of the office hours. Schedule an appointment with your professor to discuss personal issues, such as test grades or course content that you are struggling with. You should arrive on time, even 5-10 minutes early. Also, be prepared with your questions and goals.
  3. Respect others and be honest. Be respectful and inform your professors if you are going to be absent from a class. You may be able to get important information from them by giving them notice in advance.
  4. Ask for help before the semester ends. Don’t wait to ask for help if you are having trouble with a class. Talking to your professors sooner will give you more time to come up with a plan.

How do you email your professor? Make sure you check out these etiquette tips before you hit “Send.” 18 Etiquette Tips for E-mailing Your Professor >

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