Communication & Etiquette ACADEMIC SUCCESS PROGRAM
Communication Everything you do sends a certain message, verbal or non-verbal. Sometimes the hardest thing about communicating is to feel comfortable starting. Communication is one of the best things in life!
Communicating with your professors Communication with you professor can and should be: Respectful Well-timed Enjoyable Use office hours if: If you have questions about how you are doing – especially if you are behind or know you are going to miss a class for a legitimate reason If you don’t understand class material You genuinely want to know more about the topics!
Office Hours Why going to office hours is a good idea: One-on-one interaction can’t happen during class Lets your professor get to know you Shows that you care about the class and want to do well The opportunity to make a personal connection! This is someone you may want as a mentor, or could be someone who writes you a letter of recommendation in the future. Depending on your future goals, you could even become colleagues one day!
Some Friendly Advice Do Don’tCome prepared: what do you want to Ask vague or broad questionsdiscuss? Ask questions you could figure outAsk specific questions yourselfBe on time Be lateBe polite and respectful Show up 5 minutes before they have to leaveCome during office hours or make anappointment Act like somebody owes you somethingShake his/her hand Be rude or demanding
In-Class Communication Everything you do is sending out some kind of message – including body language, such as: Slumping in the seat, texting, using your lap top for Facebook (they can tell), not bringing a notebook, avoiding eye-contact Paying attention, taking notes, asking questions if you don’t understand Professors participation Etiquette You can speak your mind AND be polite at the same time
Participation Some reasons why participating is a good idea: Participation is often up to 15-20% of your final grade It puts a name to the face It creates a good impression But… Don’t just talk for the sake of talking Aim to add valued points to the discussion
Class Etiquette No social media No texting No sleeping (DUH) Don’t start packing your bags before your professor is done talking – this may not seem like a huge deal, but it is rude