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Expectations of Your Professors

Expectations of your Professors:

  • An understanding that college is a learning environment in which you take responsibility for thinking through and applying what you have learned
  • Get to know your instructors, they are your single greatest resource: email, attend office hours, contact information is listed in the course syllabus
  • Ask questions for clarification and understanding
  • Read your syllabus thoroughly and ask questions for clarification
  • Understand the syllabus spells out exactly what is expected of you, when assignments are due, and how you will be graded
  • Review course due dates and exam dates and annotate on your personal calendar
  • Attend class regularly, arrive on-time and stay for the entire class; do not miss class except for emergencies, missing even one class in college is like missing an entire week of class in high school
  • Bring your required materials to class
  • Be attentive and actively participate in class, be an active learner in the classroom as well as out by participating in group discussions, and asking and answering questions
  • Listen and take notes
  • Set near the front of the classroom whenever possible
  • Be prepared for each class: read your textbooks and additional resources prior to coming to class
  • Get to know your classmates, form study groups, chat often, share resources when necessary
  • Turn your cell phone on to vibrate prior to coming to class and only use your cell phone for class related activities, minimize distractions
  • Emailing, texting and other forms of communication should be done on a class break time, excuse yourself from class if you have an emergency
  • An understanding that college academics is demanding and most classes require 2-3 hours of homework or study time each week. You should plan to meet the requirements of each class and manage your time effectively to succeed.
  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined to complete assignments
  • Keep track of your academic progress
  • Submit course work on-time
  • When assigned to collaborate with other students, you are obligated to make meaningful contributions to the group’s efforts
  • Balance you time well between coursework, work, family, activities, and build in flexibility to your schedule
  • You will be assigned substantial amounts of reading and writing which may be directly addressed in class
  • Professors may not remind you of incomplete work and may not check completed homework, but they will assume you can perform the same tasks on exams
  • Obtain notes from missed classes from fellow classmates
  • Be respectful of your peers
  • Testing is usually infrequent and cumulative, covering large amounts of material, makeup tests are seldom an option
  • An understanding that grades on tests and major paper/projects usually provide most of the course grade
  • Plagiarism is never acceptable on papers or assignments and resources should be cited
  • Taking advantage of tutoring, workshops, and library resources to assist with classroom learning and success