The Does and Don’ts of Talking to Professors
Studying process can have positive and negative moments at the same time. You study all by yourself, gathering information from the lectures, Internet, books and all sources possible trying to reach the aim of getting knowledge and mastering the subject. Among such means that can help you in studying one can define rather useful to talk to your professor.
Talking to professor may be a bit scary experience. But your fears of talking to them will not help you anyway. They are the people who are professional in their field, your grades and subject mastering depends on them. That’s why you have to try and do your best to cope with the task and start useful communication process that will bring you all the best.
Their main aim is to give knowledge to you and a great number of those like you. None of them is able or willing to do something instead of you. Moreover, the process of studying is fully yours. Never wait for anyone to end up your work, do everything by yourself but don’t refuse a good advice that sometimes can be really helpful.
At the same time all the exams are your trouble. You may ask some questions on topics you didn’t catch, but you are not allowed to ask about the topics you’ll have to cover during the exam. That’s all up to you: you choose how to prepare and what to prepare.
Show your patience and a great will to study. Study all of your research questions all by yourself Instead of this get ready carefully, brainstorm the ideas and consult your professor to have the discussion which will help you to figure out some interesting facts and give good topic coverage. If you show your interest in covering the topic, be sure that you will be given any help possible. If you have professors email and a permission to contact them, feel free to ask for interesting ideas, some helpful materials and be sure you’ll never get a refuse.
Don’t think that office hours and asking questions is something that may bother. These people are there to teach and answer different questions (actually they are paid for that). That’s why do your best and get the information you need, because that’s a part of your studying process you can’t skip. Never blame yourself for being annoying or asking too much questions during professor’s working hours: you do your job, he does his.
Never ask stupid questions like those about exam topics (that’s closed info), assignments for the week (that’s written in your syllabus) and some more like these ones. Be attentive, consult your studying materials and cope with all tasks easily. Show your attentiveness; think before asking questions just not to waste professor’s time. With such simple tips your studying will become like a symphony, and only you are responsible for its right playing.