College is time for you to prosper and develop the skills you’ll need in your future career. Your instructors have a challenging job; struggling with time constraints as they attempt to help you learn new information in this ever changing world. An instructor’s goals including giving an upmost effort to leave a profound impression on each soul who walks through their classroom doors. Your course instructors are an instrumental part of what you’ll learn as you complete each course, but how do you find the best ways to build a good relationship with them in the short amount of time you are in their class?

Learn to Give Respect

We all yearn to have the respect of our peers, our families and our classmates. As the old adage goes, “You have to give respect, to gain respect.” The same is true within your classroom. Even in a case where you feel your instructor has wronged you, there are ways to approach the situation respectfully. Never make ill comments about your instructors to your fellow classmates, his/her superiors or his/her coworkers. Remember, your instructor is human and ill feelings could leave you without additional guidance and advice when you need it most.

How to show respect:

  • Be Attentive
  • Be Sincere
  • Gain Perspective
  • Be Fair

What not to do:

  • Belittle Your Instructor
  • Talk-Back
  • Antagonize

Thank You’s Are Nice

“Thank you,” is a simple phrase that is simply not used enough. There’s nothing worse than working on something day after day without receiving any appreciation for what you do. Showing appreciation for your instructor’s hardwork my even spark  some new passion for the subject, making the classroom more entertaining. Not to say a student should morph into the teacher’s pet, but there are ways to say thank you.

When to say, “thank you”:

  • Provides Feedback
  • At the End of the Course

When not to say, “thank you”:

  • When It Isn’t Sincere
  • In Sarcasm

Get Involved

If your instructor asks for a volunteer, will be one to raise your hand? There’s a lot to be said of students who dedicate themselves to their studies, but getting the full experience of college goes far beyond just acing a test. Learn to participate in class discussions, get active in the class and volunteer.

Get involved with:

  • Class Discussions
  • Voluntary Participation
  • Ask Questions
  • Show Your Creativity

When not to get involved:

  • When it Interrupts
  • When it Prohibits Productivity