This is the seventh of 12 post in the Tips for Success Series. This series is to help Rebels through the semester with tips and tricks for those high grades in the classroom. It may even help you keep your sanity on the worst of days!
Ahh, Syllabus week! The time of the semester where we listen to professor ramble on about what to expect from the course while we mark our calendars with a list of important dates. Yet, we often let minor details such as office hours pass over our heads without thinking about how much of valuable resource it could be throughout the semester.
Some students might be wondering, what are office hours? Well, this when a professor sets time aside to help students understand the course or answer any questions they might have. This takes the pressures off a “hurried” classroom setting and gives students the opportunity to communicate with their professor on a more personal level.
We have a tendency to let our fear of social embarrassment interfere with our ability to learn. The thought of asking a silly question, feeling unprepared or being confused in general makes us hesitate to ask for help during lectures. These minor setbacks cause students to become frustrated, more confuse or eventually give up.
However, office hours eliminates classroom anxiety to create a more comfortable learning environment for students. This gives them a chance to have deeper understanding of a subject at a reasonable pace, one-on-one (or in a small group) with their professor.
The Do’s and Don’t to keep in mind:
To fully reap the benefits from office hours there are some tips that students should keep in mind before attending.
From experience I can honestly say that office hours have help me to thrive in many my course. I found it to very reassuring going to see my professors because I am able to understand certain subject in grave detail right from the source. It has also helped me to realize what I should be focusing on specifically to manage my time well. Overall, I found office hours to be vital resource when it comes to academic success.
Sierra Shigematsu, Senior
High School: Kapa'a High School
Hometown: Anahola, Hawai'i
Major: Comprehensive Medical Imaging, Sonography