How to Talk With Your Professor
7 Office-Hour Conversation Starters*
Faculty enjoy getting to know you. Why are you interested in the course? Have you previously studies the subject? What are you excited about learning in the course?
Share A Struggle
Are you struggling with something? For example, class participation, a concept, or keeping up with readings? Ask for tips/resources to address your challenge.
Ask for Best Practices
Ask what successful students have done to understand the material and excel. Focus on the learning. Do NOT ask how to get an A.
Are you looking for an internship or research in the field? Share your specific goals and interests. Your professor may have useful advice and will enjoy sharing his/her research.
Is there a point in lecture or reading you disagree with? Are things different in other countries you've studied? POLITELY engage your professor in a debate. Do NOT argue.
Confused about your grade or the requirements for an assignment? Unsure about the policies on citation or group work? Ask questions.
Include Current Events
Is this topic in the news? Did you read relevant research? Discuss other examples to deepen your learning.
*Source: Berkeley International Office
Office of Recruitment & Student Success
Holden Hall 002, Box 41034