Meet Your Professors: Why You Should Take Advantage Of Office Hours

Meeting, and more importantly, knowing your professors are one of the keys to a successful college career.  I’ve heard professors preach this time and time again at the beginning of the semester, and I’ve found it to be true.

More often than not, professors are far too busy and have far too many students to address you individually about your coursework, so if you have questions or need help; it has to come from your initiative. Outside of some perhaps predetermined, brief meetings that every student has to go through for an update, there is not much mandated one on one time with your professor.

As I have heard more than one professor says to my class, “your grade does not determine [their] pay.”

Not to mention, they will consider you adults, and by doing so, expect you to seek them out if you have any problems. However, that doesn’t mean that most professors don’t care about you or your grades.

Many professors will have a list of ways to contact them handed out to the students on the first day of class, usually including multiple emails, office number, and phone numbers, often both office and personal.

In addition to that, they will tell you which way is the best to get a hold of them, such as emails, phone calls, or even texting.  This is really so you will have no excuse not to be able to get a hold of them if you need them. They have multiple ways to contact them so you can feel comfortable at any level of contacting them.

Your professor’s office hours your best bet to communicate with them one on one outside of class. More often than not, they’ll be regular, a couple of hours during the course of the week. Occasionally, they’ll change, but that is not a common occurrence.

Office hours are usually at a time that is convenient for most students, between classes, or on different times at different days, as to be available the most students. If, for whatever reason, you cannot make their office hours, most professors are willing to meet with students outside of both class and office hours.

The desire to meet with professors shows them that you care about your education (or at least, your grade) and will allow them to help you when you need it. Waiting until the last moment, and then complaining about something being vague, or not being told something will not help your case, especially when you’re surrounded by other students who understood what was going on perfectly.

By taking the first steps towards getting to know a teacher, establishing a bond with them, even on the most basic level, that will allow you to stand out from the other students. This is important not only with new teachers, but also teachers that you will have multiple times, and even advisors.

The more you talk, the more you’ll know, and the more they’ll be able to help you with any number of challenges that you may face at school.

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Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes is a senior at Benedictine University, with a double major in Writing & Publishing and Theology. She spends her free time working on Benedictine’s newspaper, The Candor, as well as being a member of Daughters of Isabella, Students for Life, and helping around University Ministry. Any other extra time is filled with reading, writing, cooking, video editing, biking or walking around the lake.