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Chapter 7: Interacting with Instructors and ClassesFigure 7.1CAFNR – keith goyne_snr_eniv. sciences_0021 – CC BY-NC 2.0.Where Are You Now?Assess your present knowledge and attitudes.
OftenSometimesSeldom1. I talk with my college instructors outside of class.2. I participate in class discussions, ask questions in class, and volunteer to answer questionsposed by my instructors.3. I go to all my classes except when prevented by illness or an emergency.4. I prepare for classes and make an active effort to pay attention and get the most from classlectures.5. In lecture classes, I read other materials, check for phone messages or e-mail, and talk withfriends.6. I don’t sign up for classes when I hear other students say the instructor is boring or difficult.7. I talk to my instructors in their offices only if I have a problem with a specific assignment.8. I write effective, professional e-mails to my instructors when appropriate.9. I am comfortable giving presentations in class and know how to prepare successfully.10. When assigned to work with a group to give a presentation, I take the lead and help ensureeveryone works together well in his or her specific roles.Where Do You Want to Go?Think about how you answered the questions above. Be honest with yourself. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rateyour interactions with your instructors and other students at this time?Not very effectiveVery successful12345678910In the following list, circle the three most important areas in which you think you can improve:Attending classesNetworking and studying with other studentsGoing to classes fully preparedInteracting with instructors through e-mail and telephone callsPaying attention in lecture classesResolving a problem with an instructorAsking questions in classInteracting with the instructor and students in an online courseAnswering questions in classGiving presentations in front of the classParticipating in class discussions235College Success
Creating and using visual aids in a presentationSpeaking with instructors outside of classWorking with a student group to give a presentationAre there other areas also in which you can improve how you interact with instructors and other students to get the mostout of your college education? Write down other things you feel you need to work on.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________How to Get ThereHere’s what we’ll work on in this chapter:Understanding why it is so important to interact well with your instructors and participate in classUnderstanding why it is essential to attend classes and actively engage in the learning processPreparing for and being comfortable participating in classDiscovering the best communication practices for asking and answering questions in classStaying active in lecture classes to increase your learningAdapting your learning style when an instructor has a different teaching styleBuilding a relationship with an instructor outside of class and finding a mentor

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