Let’s face it, college isn’t high school. Your professors are not required to pass you, and they most certainly will make your life very difficult if you get on their nerves. With classes full of competitively-minded peers and challenging curriculum, it is going to take some effort to make your professor notice you. Luckily, this list is here to provide some advice concerning how to win over your college professors.
1. Be Early… or at Least On Time
Arriving to class earlier than you need to gives you time to find a good seat close to where the professor will be standing (so you can interact with them throughout the class). Additionally, you may want to consider selecting a spot where you can greet your professor as they walk in. However, arriving early is not absolutely necessary so long as you do not arrive late. Consistently arriving to class late will most definitely not help your case concerning getting your professor to like you.
2. Always Proofread Your Work
If you do not regularly proofread your work, odds are your professor may already hold a small grudge. This is not insurmountable, but you probably should get a handle on it. Always get in the habit of proofreading your work, as this will ensure that you are communicating your ideas clearly, concisely, and relevantly to the best of your ability.
3. Visit Your Professor During Office Hours
One of my biggest pet peeves in college was students who would complain about their grades but never take advantage of office hours. Whether you go to UC Davis or Cal State University Northridge, whether you’re seeking a science degree or a nurse practitioner degree, your professors’ primary objective is to answer your questions and aid your learning and development. Every time you visit them, show up with a demonstrable course charted. Doing so will acknowledge your realization that their time is valuable, and they will certainly remember the kindness and effort. Speaking of extra effort when it comes to how to deal with professors…
4. Come to Class With Something to Say
I cannot emphasize the importance of speaking up enough. Always come to class ready to discuss the assigned readings or other materials you have been studying, and be ready to ask thoughtful follow-up questions, this will show your professors that you are thinking critically about the material and is precisely the type of conduct they want to see. Plus, not procrastinating and coming to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings is not only a great way to impress your professor, it will also ensure that you make the most out of your college experience, and that’s why you decided to go to school in the first place, isn’t it?