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UNDERSTANDING YOUR PROFESSOR’S EXPECTATIONS
GETTING INSIDE YOUR PROFESSOR’S HEAD <ul><li>If you can figure out how your professor’s think about their content areas, y...
THE “TASKS” AT HAND <ul><li>Professors have you do stuff in their courses – we will call this “stuff” tasks </li></ul><ul>...
WHY BOTHER FIGURING OUT THE TASKS? <ul><li>Part of being successful in college is figuring out what others expect of you –...
FIGURING OUT THE TASKS <ul><li>Read your syllabus </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how your professor lectures </li></ul><ul>...
IF YOU STILL JUST DON’T GET IT… <ul><li>Carefully look over tests as they are given back to you to understand your mistake...
TASKS  PROFESSORS  MAY ASK OF YOU <ul><li>Multiple choice tests that ask you to memorize info </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple c...
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Understanding Your Professor’s Expectations

  1. 1. UNDERSTANDING YOUR PROFESSOR’S EXPECTATIONS
  2. 2. GETTING INSIDE YOUR PROFESSOR’S HEAD <ul><li>If you can figure out how your professor’s think about their content areas, you’ll understand how they want you to think about that content </li></ul><ul><li>When you know how you’re supposed to think about the information, then you can also anticipate how your professor’s will test you </li></ul>
  3. 3. THE “TASKS” AT HAND <ul><li>Professors have you do stuff in their courses – we will call this “stuff” tasks </li></ul><ul><li>These tasks are things like knowing what kind of tests you’ll have and the level of thinking that’s required on those tests </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks can be in-class essays or out-of-class papers, multiple choice exercises, or critical reviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding these tasks is crucial to being successful in the class. </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHY BOTHER FIGURING OUT THE TASKS? <ul><li>Part of being successful in college is figuring out what others expect of you – especially your professors! </li></ul><ul><li>So…if you can figure out the task, you’ll know what your professor wants you to think about the material. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also select the appropriate learning strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>And all of this leads to earning good grades on the exam, as well as a good grade for the course </li></ul>
  5. 5. FIGURING OUT THE TASKS <ul><li>Read your syllabus </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how your professor lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with past students </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with classmates in the know </li></ul><ul><li>Listen for “in your face” comments </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to a tutor </li></ul>
  6. 6. IF YOU STILL JUST DON’T GET IT… <ul><li>Carefully look over tests as they are given back to you to understand your mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Make an appointment to talk with the professor </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re lost from the first day of lecture, see your professor immediately! </li></ul>
  7. 7. TASKS PROFESSORS MAY ASK OF YOU <ul><li>Multiple choice tests that ask you to memorize info </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple choice tests that ask for higher-level thinking that include questions focusing on examples or the application of ideas </li></ul><ul><li>A paper that asks you to provide support for your stance </li></ul><ul><li>Identification questions that as you to define a term and provide examples </li></ul><ul><li>Problems that require you to show your work </li></ul><ul><li>A speech or presentation </li></ul>

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