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Getting along with professors

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Success in college classes partly depends on getting along with your professors. You will have some professors who are very approachable and some who seem like they don't even want to say "hi" to you. But, getting along with them is still achievable and something you want in college.

There are a few keys to getting along with your professors:

1. When you ask a question, ask a real question. Instead of saying "I don't understand," say "I know that in this paper we are to write a 3 page essay about the comparison of ..... But I am confused about ...." Be specific with your questions. It shows you are being responsible and just want clarification instead of asking the professor to read the syllabus to you.

2. When you need to ask a question or want to talk about something, realize they are busy people. You might have 30 minutes after class, but they might have a committee meeting with the college president and can't be late. So, instead of ambushing them before or after class, put a note on their door or send an email asking if they have time in the next few days to talk and give them a way to contact you. If they have an open door policy, stop by the office and say "Do you have 10 minutes?" and if they say "no" then ask if there is a good time when they will. If you approach them respectfully, most professors like to talk with students and are there to help.

3. If you are going to be late with an assignment, it needs to be a good reason and acknowledge up front that it is late and you do not expect full credit. But this should not happen more than once.

These are a few keys to getting along with professors, but what about those that just rub you the wrong way? Stay tuned, subscribe so you don't miss it, or read other articles about conflict and college.



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