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Do’s and Don’ts of Attending Office Hours

Posted on: March 12, 2020

It happens every semester. Your instructor bounds through the door on day one of class and Syllabus Day begins. Your eyes scan the important dates and deadlines while the professor reads through polices. You imagine a simpler time when someone wasn’t reciting every word of the academic dishonesty policy (You promise! You will not cheat! Now, can we move on?).

By the time the instructor remembers to tell you to attend their office hours, you’re done. Zoned out. Goodbye. This class isn’t even for your major, why would you go to office hours?

However, there are academic and professional benefits to attending your professors’ office hours. If you are looking for effective strategies to succeed, connecting with your professors (who are invested in your academic career!) is a great place to start. Professors are an excellent source of classroom knowledge and professional insight. They can help you transition to the real world, give you practical advice, or just answer questions about the homework, it’s up to you.

Plus, it’s worth noting that when you pay for a course, you also pay for those office hours. Don’t let them go to waste! Even if you never show up once, your professor is contractually obligated to be there every week, usually grading papers and drinking coffee, waiting for students who won’t show up until the day before the final.

So, as you head back to school, here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to attending office hours:

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