Speaking with your professor can seem intimidating, but part of your professor’s job is to help students learn. Communicating honestly with your professor when you have questions, concerns, or ideas will help you get the most out of your courses. If you get nervous thinking about speaking with your professor, choosing the right method of communication and preparing what you want to say can assist you in getting the most from your time with your instructor.
1. Remember, we’re people too.
Back in elementary school, I ran into one of my teachers at the grocery store. I was shocked to see her outside of school, as though she lived, ate, and slept there. Of course teachers and professors grocery-shop! They also watch TV, fart, and take walks. Many students seem afraid of talking to professors because, for whatever reason, they forget that their professors are human. Sure, we give you grades and bust you for improperly formatting your citations, but we’re also people who are trying to do a job as best we can — just like you are.