Tips for Getting to Know Your Instructors

Research shows that college students' formal and informal interactions with instructors inside and outside the classroom have a positive impact on personal growth, academic achievement, and goal completion. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Introduce yourself early in the semester.

  • Ask questions.

  • Go to class early or stay afterward to talk with the instructor.

  • Go to office hours.

  • Ask about material that you’re curious about, not only what you’re not sure you understand.

  • Ask your instructor about her/his areas of interest ans scholarship.

  • Arrange an independent study experience.

  • By the middle of the semester, ask yourself:

    • Do all of my instructors know who I am?

    • Do I feel that my instructors care about me as a person?

    • ​Have I developed a mentor/mentee relationship with one or more of my instructors?

Adapted from Student Guide to Creating a Successful College Experience (Gallup-Purdue Index)