Five Tips to Take Advantage of Faculty Office Hours

One of the best things you can do for academic success is attend office hours. 

Faculty set aside this time for you to connect and ask questions one-on-one. Take advantage of it! Along with our guide to using office hours, these five tips will help you get the most out of this valuable time:

  • 1

    Just Go

    Let’s get this out of the way first. Don’t be afraid to go. And get past any idea that office hours are a bother. Faculty want to help! Intimidated to go alone? Consider paring up with a classmate. Time doesn’t work for you? Make an appointment in person or by emailing your professor.

  • 2

    Use the Time to Get to Know Your Professor As They Get to Know You

    Along with study skills and tips, you’ll gain a relationship. This can be hugely important later if you’re looking for career advice or perhaps even a reference letter.

  • 3

    Be Prepared and Be Honest

    Bring your specific questions and materials and speak up if you’re feeling lost. Be sure to ask for more resources and study ideas.

  • 4

    Take Notes

    You might need to refer back to strategies and suggestions later.

  • 5

    Be Respectful and Follow Through

    Get there on time, address professors by their appropriate titles and incorporate any tips into your study habits. Unhappy about a grade? Calmly talk through it.

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