How Do You Pick a Professor for Academic Assistance?


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Choose a professor to go to for academic assistance by looking through faculty listings and evaluating a professor's expertise in a field, teaching skill and reputation with other students, and then contacting the professor to request assistance. Talk with a student adviser in an advising or tutoring center about good options for help, ask other students in class about their experiences with different faculty, and read faculty biographies, portfolios and work samples posted on academic department websites.

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To learn more about a professor's teaching style, take advantage of office hours when a professor is available to meet with students and provide one-on-one or small group help on assignments and class topics. To schedule these sessions, check a course syllabus for a statement about weekly schedules for office hours or for the professor's preferred method of contact. A student can also check an academic department website for contact information if office hours are not posted.

Many professors understand that it can be intimidating to ask for help and view seeking help as a sign of academic strength. However, it is important to not wait until the end of a marking period to make an appointment or seek help and to meet with a professor.

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