DAY 11: Schedule a Meeting with All of Your Professors
There are very few things in college that represent a figurative “easy button”…
Getting to know your professors is one of them.
If there was one way to dramatically increase your chances of success in the classroom, it’s establishing a friendship with the people running the show. Meeting with your professors during the first/second week of school helps you to understand what they expect of their students over the course of the semester.
Also, the more you go into their office and develop the working relationship, you’ll be in a great position to leverage that connection when it comes down to final grades being reported.
So it’s a no brainer, right? Here’s a few ways to get started:
Come Prepared With Questions
First of all, make it a point to visit them during their office hours.
And second, always come with questions, even ones you already know the answer to. You’re giving them an opportunity to showcase their expertise, which makes them feel useful and important (hint: everyone wants to feel this way).
To drive the point home, we covered this concept on Day 2 when you were looking for a mentor. Professors make great mentors and/or life coaches, so keep that in mind as you’re cultivating their support.
Sit in the Front of the Class
Two words: THEY NOTICE
It will also help you stay attentive during class. The back of the room just screams “daydreamer”.
Invite Them Out For Coffee or Lunch
Offer to buy them a cup of coffee or lunch to go over few questions you have from class, to ask their advice on a particular item, or just to hear about their story. If you want to take some of the conversational pressure away, invite them to join you and several friends.
Universities do an exceptional job at finding big-time successful people, usually alumni of the school, to spread the good word. So don’t be afraid to inquire about what worked for them as a student, or young professional.
If You Can’t Make Class, Email the Professor
This shows you respect them and the wisdom they share every class period. It is greatly appreciated. Also, be sure to ask about the content you’re missing and how you can make up for it, which portrays your dedication to the course.
Isn’t this game fun?
Offer to Help
Most professors are left without Teacher’s Assistants (TA’s) — offer to help with anything they need: class preparation, grading, research, tutoring, etc.
Let them know you want to immerse yourself in the content to develop the best understanding possible. You can also mention your level of respect for their expertise and that they’re a positive influence on your learning potential.
There’s a lot of lovable buzz-words in there. Your welcome.
Keep in Touch With Them
This is the most important step! You’ve done all this work to cultivate a friendship and passing grade, yet most just take the “A” and don’t look back.
You won’t have to worry about that because you’re reading this. Check in with them once a month, or at least per term — ask them how they’re doing and/or seek advice about your future (academically and professionally). It doesn’t matter, just something. These connections will be invaluable to you later in life, especially if they turn out to be a mentor for you.
You’re going to be great out there. Make us proud.
Over the next month, be on the lookout for your new challenge every day — you can also follow the updated series of posts here.
Also, be sure to print out and hang up your Challenge Checklist so you can keep track. You’ll get a sneak peak at what’s to come, but can get further details with the post associated with each day.
Remember, legends are constantly improving themselves, so it’s up to you to work hard in accomplishing each daily task to help you become the legend on your campus.
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How have your professors helped you? How did you win them over? We want to hear about it. Please keep us updated on your efforts in the comments below!