Some of the most important people guiding you on your college career are your professors! Some students love them, others hate them. I’ve personally enjoyed all but one professor who singled me out in the middle of class and pretty much made it impossible for me to earn an A. I’m telling you, if there wasn’t extra credit offered in that class, I would’ve ended up with a D or an F. It was THAT difficult, and he wasn’t willing to work with me. Anyways, the past is in the past and I can learn to forgive. There are ways to develop positive relationships with your professors that can really transform your academic journey and put you on a road to success!
Sure, they’ll see your name on the attendance sheet and on assignments, but your professors won’t get the chance to really know you unless you introduce yourself. Do yourself a favor and give them a face to put a name to! It’s as little as coming up to them at the end of class, saying your name, and wishing them a successful semester.
Find out other important staff members you should be introducing yourself to in my post Important Staff Members To Meet In College
Be Active In Class
I’m known to sit in the back of a class I tend not to be interested in or not raise my hand. That’s exactly what you shouldn’t be doing! Raise your hand every once in a while or ask a question to make sure you’re understanding the lecture or what’s going on. I found that the classes I was more active in, the professor knew me better and was more willing to work with me.
Use Their Office Hours
A professor’s office hours is one of the best ways to get to know them. This a block of time your professor has to answer any questions or inquiries you have about the class or any assignments. They are completely at your disposal! Use this time to ask any questions you may have them help you study for upcoming tests or quizzes. Coming to their office hours shows that you are putting in the effort to succeed and to do better in the class. If that doesn’t show that you’re working hard, I don’t know what will!
Get the most out of your professor’s office hours in my post Taking Advantage Of Your Professor’s Office Hours
Do The Work
The easiest way to get on your professor’s good side is to actually turn in the work they assign you! So many of my peers swear that the professor hates them, but then they tell me they never do the homework or the class assignments. Duh, no wonder they aren’t your biggest fan! To them, it looks like you’re lazy and you don’t really care. The first step to earning a professor’s respect is to show them you care about the assignments you’re getting and do them.
Go Above and Beyond
There’s not always time in the college world to do this, but if you have a chance to show off your skills or work to a professor through an assignment or presentation, go for it! Show them what you’ve got! In my media class, we’re supposed to design a website/portfolio for our work. You wouldn’t believe my professor’s reaction when I showed him this blog. He was very impressed and even asked me some questions about how I completed some of the work I did. That showed him that I was capable of hard work and that I could do so much more.
Build A Working Relationship
Your professors are some of your biggest assets. They know so many people and probably could let you in on some amazing opportunities. If you really love a class you’re in and want to know more about it or how else you can get involved, ask them! Even after the class is over, keep in contact with them, because you never know when you will need a recommendation letter. See if you can meet with them to discuss how they got their job, or about internships. Professors can open a huge door of opportunities for you, but without contacting them, you’ll never know your potential!
How do you get to know your professors? Leave a comment below!