Communication and Etiquette with Your Professors
Take advantage of the wonderful people surrounding you in college! This includes your professors - they are experts in their fields who choose to share that expertise with YOU! Your whole world can open up when you speak with people on a genuine level - but many students get nervous about their abilities to be themselves and be polite at the same time. Use this information to be comfortable using proper etiquette while being your natural, likeable self!
Similiar to you, professors are very busy. Learn how to use the privilege of meeting with your professors during the office hours they post on their syllabi.
|√ Come prepared. Think about the questions you want to ask beforehand.||× Come in saying "I don't understand anything." You will need to specifically identify your problems.|
|√ Let your professor know you will be coming to see him or her.||× Come in the day before the test trying to cover 5 chapters.|
|√ Be polite and respectful.||× Be rude and demanding. Nobody is going to do your job for you.|
|√ Be on time.||× Be late. That's a big NO.|
|√ Understand that using office hours is a privilege.||× Act like someone owes you something.|
|√ Be thankful.||× Be inappropriate.|
|√ Pay attention to details. If the professor has a doctorate, use "Dr." when you speak with them. That may seem like a small detail, but it is an important way to be respectful (and appreciated).|