The best kept secret to passing the class
We bet you’ve seen it on the top of every syllabus you’ve received “Office Hours,” but what is it? Office Hours is an optional time – usually once-a-week – that professors set aside in order to meet with students one-on-one. The time and day will vary based on the professor and the class, so check that syllabus for the specific details.
Going to office hours is a way for you to build a personal connection with your professor. Depending on your class size, you may not have many chances to interact with your professor. Office hours are a great opportunity to give a face to your name. This can come in handy when looking for a recommendation, an internship, or for help with assignments. If you need examples, consider the following scenarios and questions to connect with your professors about:
Class and Assignments
Check your syllabus to see what the procedures are for scheduling office hours. Some professors may require you to book a slot for their office hours in advance; others may have an open door policy where you can just walk in any time during their scheduled hours. If you are still unsure how to attend office hours, ask your professor in class or send them an email.
Office hours are a student-led space so remain calm and prep. Before going in to meet with your professor, write out what you want to talk about. Be ready to lead the conversation whether it is about what topics you are struggling with or an introduction to yourself and your career aspirations (or even your learning style).
And remember, professors are people too. So be yourself and have a good conversation.