Communication & Etiquette


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Communication & Etiquette

  1. 1. Communication & Etiquette ACADEMIC SUCCESS PROGRAM
  2. 2. 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!
  3. 3. 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!
  4. 4. 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!
  5. 5. Some Friendly Advice Do Don’tCome prepared: what do you want to Ask vague or broad questionsdiscuss?  Ask questions you could figure outAsk specific questions yourselfBe on time  Be lateBe polite and respectful Show up 5 minutes before they have to leaveCome during office hours or make anappointment  Act like somebody owes you somethingShake his/her hand  Be rude or demanding
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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