When you enrolled in your college or university, you made an “agreement” to complete your work and conduct yourself in the proper manner of a student representing your respective institution. It is important to note, that when you fulfill the “agreement”, that you are merely taking the necessary steps to earn a positive grade in the class. A student can secure a grade and have experiences that benefit them in the classroom and in life through the creation of a great working relationship with their instructor. Take advantage of your instructor’s office hours. Email him or her to ask questions if you cannot come by during the set office hours for a conference. When your instructor sees that you are putting forth effort, he or she will be more than likely to work with you a little bit more. Effort goes a very long way.
Maximize your course syllabus
One of the tools that your instructor provides to you is a syllabus. Utilize this tool. Your instructor provides you with this syllabus to inform you about the rules and regulations of your class. When there is something unclear, talk with your instructor. Many instructors place their rules about attendance, grade policy, and other important information about the class. Take note of these rules. He or she has taken the time to carefully map out a path of success for you. If you follow the rules, regulations, and complete your assignments, you will transition smoothly through your class.
Get on a first-name basis
Now that your semester has started, make sure that you let your instructor know who you are. Make it your business to stop by during office hours, give them a call, or shoot them an email. There is no reason for your instructor to not know you. They are there to help you. However, the end of the semester is not the time to just introduce yourself to your instructor.
Don’t forget to pick up your syllabus!
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