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.
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)