Successful students will tell you that it is important to get to know your professor. Professors will decide your grade and have the potential to be a valuable reference later on in your college and professional career.
Establishing the foundation of the relation is important from day one of your class. After the first class, stay after and introduce yourself to the professor.
“Hello professor _(last name)_. My name is _(your name)_. I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I am really looking forward to this class.”
Arrange a Meeting
If you are going to miss a class period, have a question about homework or a test, or would like to discuss something with your professor, you should arrange a time to meet.
Do your best to meet with your professor during his or her arranged office hours. These hours can usually be found on your class syllabus. If you are unable to visit with your professor during the posted office hours, call or email your professor to arrange a time that will work for both of you.
Dropping in unannounced may be seen as rude by your professor.
At the Meeting
Be sure to show up on time. If you are running late or unable to make the appointment, let your professor know.
When meeting with your professors for the first time, be sure to ask them how they would like you to address them. Not all professors have PhD’s, others may prefer to called by professor or by their first name.
Come prepared to the meeting with specific topics or questions to discuss. Examples include: