At every college professors are required to hold office hours for their students. They give students an opportunity to talk with teachers outside of classroom. You can ask them questions about the lectures, upcoming assignments, or anything that has to do with their course. Many professors simply work in their offices and reply to emails or prepare lesson plans during this time unless students show up. But if you can’t make it to their designated office hours, you can set up an appointment to meet with them at an alternative time that works for both of your schedules.
Office hours are not usually held where the class meets. Instead, most professors will have a specific office, whether it is in that building or in a completely different one. Most of the time, you’ll be able to find the location and time for each professor’s office hours in the class syllabus. It is very beneficial to meet with a professor during their office hours before a paper is due or before taking an exam to go over any questions you may have. These meetings are generally very helpful, and instructors may even give you hints about an upcoming test because you took the intuitive to go in and ask questions. However, it is important to not come empty handed. Instructors can’t just give you all the answers. If you come with specific questions it makes you look good and is a lot easier for the professor to provide help.
Going to office hours is also a great way to get to know your professors. In large classes, professors often have trouble learning names. But if you go to their office hours they will get to know you and you can get to know them. A perk of being more than just a name on the class roster is that they may be more willing to show leniency if a justifiable emergency comes up or if you request non-required accommodations (such as getting a copy of the official class notes/PowerPoints). Many students don’t take advantage of the office hour system and don’t realize how beneficial it really is. Try going once to at least meet your professor or ask general questions about the course. You might find that you love it! Of course, you may decide that you prefer tutoring or help from a friend as opposed to going to the teacher, which is totally fine! It all just depends on what you need and your personal studying style. But honestly, who could help you get a good grade in a class more than your teacher? If nothing else, take a moment to stop by during office hours to say hello!