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Approaching Professors

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Talking with professors in college can be intimidating, especially if you are asking for special accommodations. Many professors are actually more approachable than students realize; but when you are new to college and its structure, it is easy to be overwhelmed or nervous around instructors. However, it’s important to approach them and explain your need for additional accommodations at the very start of the semester (instead of right before the first exam … or even worse, the last!). That way they can have more of a heads-up for what you…read more

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Office Hours

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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…read more

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Syllabus

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Many of you may be wondering what a syllabus even is…To be honest, it is one of the most useful pieces of information a professor will ever give you!  A syllabus includes everything from the professor’s contact information to very important due dates.  It is usually handed out on the first day of class or emailed to you before classes begin. Many people even call the first day of classes “syllabus day” because most professors use it to review what is on the syllabus in full detail.  You are held…read more

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Note Taking

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In college everyone takes notes differently, and it is important to find the method that works best for you.  Maybe it’s through using assistive technology like the Smartpen, typing notes on your computer, or making good old-fashioned hand-written notes.  Every professor has a different style of teaching, and sometimes your style of note taking may need to change with various professors.  Some professors provide notes with blanks to fill in, others provide power points, and some don’t offer any note taking structure at all. In the latter type of class,…read more

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