Hello lovelies! Today I’m back for another academic post, and this time I’m diving into the world of professor interactions! I’ve said this before, but it cannot be stated enough: your professors in college are a huge resource in your life, and you should be taking advantage of them! Developing a connection with them will help you with all kinds of things, such as recommendation letters and job advice. But how do you develop this connection? Talking to your professors may seem awkward or even weird at first, but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these steps and find out the secrets of how to get your college professors to like you!
1. Come to class on time & be prepared
Make sure to actually show up to class each week, and have the homework/readings done before lecture so that you can contribute meaningfully (see #4). Don’t be that kid who rolls into the room 10 minutes late and interrupts the lecture – no one likes that person! 😛
2. Introduce yourself
The first day of class, hang back a few minutes after and take the time to introduce yourself personally to your professor. Professors really want to get to know their students, and will likely be more helpful in the future when you really need the academic help!
3. Sit near the front
No, you don’t have to sit in the front row. But I suggest sitting within the first 1/3 of the lecture hall (if it’s a big room) so that your professor will be able to actually see your face, you’ll be able to hear and take good notes, and it’ll be easier for you to participate.
4. Participate in class
The best way to get your professor to like you? Participate in class! Raise your hand, ask questions, and give answers to questions that you know the right answer to (or just give a guess, if you are feeling particularly bold!). Raising your hand and talking in class feels weird the first few times, but it gets easier, I promise. Channel your inner extrovert and get talking!
5. Visit office hours
After class, make sure to head over to your prof’s office hours every now and then. You can use office hours to ask questions that didn’t get answered in class, go over material you don’t quite understand, get advice for studying and future career options in the field, and more. Office hours are a great chance to get to know the professor personally and make that meaningful connection!
6. Show that you’re paying attention
Lastly, just make sure you are paying attention during lecture and that you continue to work and study hard. Show that you genuinely care about the class and that academics are important to you, and all the rest will be a piece of cake 🙂
Thanks for reading! Do you have any other tips for interacting with your professors? Please share them with me below or on Twitter @CaseyDonart