Make the Most Out of Meetings with Faculty  

Source: National On-Campus Report, 1993


Make an appointment

Review the syllabus for your instructor's office hours. Go to his/her office during these times.  If you are uncertain of your instructor's office hours, ask for them.  If your schedule conflicts with the office hours, tell your instructor why you can't make the scheduled office hours.  Then tell him/her about your concern.  Set up a specific time to meet with your instructor.  Be use to indicate the amount of time you think you'll need.

Establish a rapport

Be on time for your appointment.  When you arrive, be pleasant, smile, introduce yourself again (include your name and class), and shake hands if appropriate.

Present your concern

Focus on the specific things you have identified as problematic.

Provide background information

Explain the study strategies you have used to understand the material.  Briefly tell your instructor about your background and preparation for the course - if relevant to resolving the problem.

Redirect for clarification

If the instructor's explanation isn't clear, redirect his/her attention to the specific point where you become confused.  Talk through your problem so that the instructor hears your reasoning.

Summarize resolution of the problem

Example: "I was missing his step. . ." or "I need to apply this formula. . ."

Thank your instructor

Ask to come back if necessary.

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