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Make a List When you schedule a conference with your professor … L imit your questions and concerns I dentify the consequences S et goals T alk to your professor 1. Limit your questions and concerns - Write out whatever it is that you want to talk to your professor about. If you have a long list of items you want to cover, see if you can organize these in two or three categories or prioritize these items and focus on the most important ones. Your professor will have a limited amount of time to spend with you, and you want to focus on what is most important. 2. Identify the consequences - Don’t expect your professor to say “yes” just because you asked. Realistically analyze your situation. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself: “Is what I’m asking fair to the other students in the class?” Be prepared to accept the consequence. On the other hand, if your professor agrees to your request or offers suggestions for improvement, be prepared to follow through exactly with
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Unformatted text preview: whatever plan of action your professor suggests. 3. Set goals-Think about what you want to accomplish in your conference. At the very least, you want your professor to see you as a serious student. Your goal shouldn’t be: “Get the professor to accept late papers”; your goal should be: “Reach an understanding with professor about late papers.” 4. Talk to your Professor-Be early for the conference. Bring all relevant class materials. Be organized. Knock, even if the door is open. Don’t start with a long string of excuses or by being angry. Calmly state your questions or concerns. Make eye contact. Listen. Take notes. Do not argue. Thank your professor for his or her time. Follow-up with an email, if appropriate, which repeats the plan of action your professor suggests and reinforces your willingness to pursue it....
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