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Krsna Powell

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Miscommunications & Misunderstandings
Student-Professor Communications
Ask Yourself
Why Do Student's Seek Help?
You have fallen behind in class
You do not understand the course material
You have failed a test or assignment, and do not understand why
You need advice on how to better understand the course material
You have questions about course or assignment requirements
You need clarification
When is in-person communication better than sending an email?
In your academic career,do you think one-on-one communication with your professor is necessary? If so, when and why?
Do you know how to express your thoughts and concerns clearly ?
Do you know the appropriate way to address your concerns?
What are the benefits of communicating your thoughts and concerns effectively?
An Effective Professor
7 Characteristics of a Highly Effective Professor
Encourages contact between students and faculty members.
Develops intellectual cooperation and encourages cooperation among students.
Uses active learning techniques with students.
Gives feedback promptly.
Emphasizes time spent in class on particular task.
Communicates high expectations.
Acknowledges diverse learning talents and ways of learning.
An Effective Student
Successful students see their instructors before or after class or during office hours about grades, comments on their papers, and upcoming tests. Successful students end up at their instructor's office door at least once during the semester.
They'll go out of their way to find the instructor and engage in meaningful conversation. These students demonstrate to the instructor that they are active participants in the learning process and that they take the job of being a student seriously.
Professor Misconceptions
Feeling too far out of the loop
Fear of asking a "dumb question"
Fear of confrontation.
Avoidance of those that are in authority
What are some reasons why you choose not to meet with your professors?
When have you reached out to your professor?
Was it required or was it necessary?
Communicating with your professors is essential to your academic development and performance. It is considered to be an important determinant of students attitudes toward a class and a professor.
What are a few important characteristics that your ideal professor should have ?
Common Reasons
Professors don't want to hear excuses.
Professors are not very flexible.
Professors are too busy to listen to little ole'me.
Professors don't need or want my feedback.
How Will It Help?
What are the benefits of reaching out to your professors?
It's All in Your Approach..
Determine your professor's perferred mode of contact.
Before approaching your professor, make sure the answers to your questions are not already answered somewhere else. i.e. syllabus, the text, or the class notes
Prepping for your meeting..
Start early,meet with your professors before you run into trouble.
Pull your thoughts together beforehand.
Come prepared to take notes and record your professors responses.
Golden Rules
Be Punctual
Be Polite
Be Respectful

Most one-on-one meetings are student initiated, so remember that the results of your meeting are shaped by your PREPARATION.
Email Etiquette
So....as you may have noticed, I wasn't in class last time. Just so you know I was sick (yuck). Is there anyway you can email me back and let me know what I missed, I don't want to get behind?


Greetings Professor Jones,

Today after class I went home and reviewed my notes, and I must say that I was a little confused. I would like the opprotunity to meet with you to clarify a few things that I thought may have been miscommunicated. If you have time to meet with me me next week, preferably before the exam, I would really appreciate it. Please let me know.

Thank You,
Wrap Up!
Professors are here to help you, and communicating with them is essential to your success. Remember the "Golden Rules".
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