7 Ways to Get Noticed by Professors

Jan 24, 2018 by


We mentioned this in the last post, but it can’t be overstated. Go. To. Class. Going to college classes, especially when your school boasts small class sizes, is a guaranteed way to get noticed by professors and maximize your GPA — and probably not for the reasons you think.

Our first college lesson was learning that going to class matters. Who knew?

About a month into the first semester of college, we were on track to be placeholders in the academic probation list. We told our friends that we didn’t care, but it wasn’t true. We weren’t going to make it without some serious changes.

Then it was all so clear: go to class. And not to write super detailed notes full of block quotes from your professors. You go to class so that your professor gets to know you slowly, over the course of the semester.

Here’s the secret: Grades are entirely subjective. The difference between a 2.5 and a 3.5 GPA is knowing your professors.

If you’re contributing to class and meeting your prof to talk about that paper you’re “working on ahead of time,” do you think he wants to give you a C on that paper? No. He knows you put so much time and effort into it, so that’s going to factor into his grading.

You need to make sure your prof recognizes your name while submitting your grades — and for the right reasons.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when attempting to build rapport and get noticed by professors in and out of class:

1. Sit in the front of the classroom

Most college students sit in the back half of a classroom to remain anonymous while browsing the internet. This is the worst possible plan. Sitting in the front is the easiest way to keep focused on the lecture and engage in discussions.

2. Make eye contact with your professor during lectures

Human interaction relies on eye contact. Don’t stare your prof down, but every so often, glance at him to let him know you are interested in his discussion. A timely head nod works wonders.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

A timely and relevant question can convey both interest and thoughtful insight into the subject matter. A stupid question will always make you look stupid. Avoid questions that include words you can’t define.

4. Never ask more than three questions in a class period

Ever. If you still don’t understand an explanation after three questions, talk to the prof after class. Don’t waste your classmates’ time while you expose your stupidity.

5. Email professors relevant websites, articles, or videos after class that expand upon class discussions

The key to this method is timeliness and relevance. Make the article matter, and only do this after a class or two near the beginning of the semester. You will look like a kissass if you do this after every class and your professor will hate you. A timely, relevant email will show explicit interest in the topic at hand and could be the catalyst for dialogue between you and your professor. Such rapport will help your professor remember your name and face when he is submitting grades.

6. Schedule regular meetings with your professor

Show interest! Even if you have no issues with the material, ask questions or advice for creating a solid thesis in an upcoming paper. The benefit here is that the professor will remember helping you and may simply skim your paper (as they helped with the thesis/body and know it is strong). Meet over coffee or during office hours, depending on the nature of the visit and the personality of the professor.

7. If you are towing the line between passing and failing at the time of add/drop, meet with the professor and lay out your goals

You may be able to strike a deal with your professor. “I have plans to graduate early. I need this class to meet my goals. Can we work anything out to make this happen? I know we got off on the wrong foot, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make this work.”

So, never don`t stop to reach success, be genuine on your journey toward graduating and finding out your talents as a student. This article is aimed at students who struggle to actively express their interest in achieving their educational goals.

About the Author: Carol James is an EssayLab psychology department writer and senior editor. She has MA degree in social sciences and is an excellent specialist in this field. Carol works with numerous materials on the subject and is eager to share her knowledge with our readers.

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