Developing a professional relationship with your teachers may seem intimidating and unnecessary, but these relationships have great importance and are influential to your success both inside and outside of the classroom. When you take the time to meet with your teacher outside of class, it conveys to them that you care about the class and your success in the class. Scheduling a meeting with your teacher outside of class time will give you the opportunity to discuss assignments, exams, your grade, or other areas of concern. Teachers are often in a rush to get to their next class and do not always have time to stay after class to discuss your concerns. Meeting with your teacher outside of class will give you more time and you will receive more of your teacher’s attention. If you are unsure of how to contact your teacher, remember to check the course syllabus for their contact information and office location on campus.
Teachers are also a great resource! Many of them have worked in the career field they are preparing you to enter. They have real world experience and can provide insight for a career you may be considering. Teachers often know of job openings in their field, too. When the time comes for you to apply for jobs, you will want a teacher on your side to write you a letter of recommendation or to be included as one of your references.
Before meeting with your teacher, spend time preparing questions and topics for discussion. If this is your first meeting, consider asking the following example questions:
- How long have you been teaching at NEO?
- What advice do you have for students going into your field?
- What can I do to be successful in your class?
- What is the best way to prepare for your exams?
- Tell your teacher about yourself and your interests.
If you are meeting with your teacher to discuss a grade on an assignment or exam, you will want to come prepared with the assignment and have questions ready. When you meet with a teacher to discuss your grade, you are looking for suggestions for improvement. You are not taking an opportunity to play the victim and shun responsibility. Teachers want to see that you have the initiative to improve and take personal responsibility for your actions.
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