Communicating with your professors opens avenues for you to gain new insights into industries you’re receiving a postsecondary education to work successfully in. Your college and university professors have a wealth of knowledge that you can access, helping you to get more out of college than earning high grades and an undergraduate or graduate degree. With a few tips and guidance you can make communicating with your professors a rewarding experience.
The days and times your college professors are available to meet with you and other students is generally posted in your course syllabus. If your professors didn’t hand you a syllabus during the first week of classes, check your university’s online college catalog as many postsecondary schools provide links to course syllabus online. You can also ask your professors to give you a copy of the syllabus or to tell you when they’re available to meet with you before or after class.
To get the most out of your communications, consider creating a list of topics you want to discuss with your professors. After all, your college professors might work full-time jobs in addition to teaching one or more university courses. If you get clear about what you want to talk with your professors about, your professors may get the impression that you’re focused and committed to academic success. Types of topics you can discuss with your professors include:
You can also chat briefly with your college professors at the end of class, time permitting. For example, to gain insights into the career you want to have post graduation, you can ask your professors: