Friday, October 21, 2011

University Tip #4

University Tip #4 - Professors and TAs

See that professor infront of you? Yea, that scary middle-old aged man/woman that knows everything there is to know about whatever they're telling you? (first of all, that's not really the case, they never know everything) They once sat in that exact same seat that you are sitting in RIGHT NOW. They're not aliens that were dropped on your campus to teach all the minute details of Darwin's theory or Freud's insanity. They actually went through the exact same adventure you are beginning yourself!

One of the hardest things that I have gone through in university is trying to get to know my profs. Rarely are they going to get to know you so you actually have to make an effort (whoa!) and meet with them yourself. Maybe you'll find that you don't need to meet with them. You are either doing really well in the course or you claim to know what you're doing wrong and how to fix it yourself and that's fine. But the way to make your life and your time at university more enjoyable is to get to know the person who is teaching you all this stuff. They have really cool interests of their own. Don't think I'm an expert on these in the least because I'm not and I still have issues going to speak with a prof whether it's at their office or just after class, it's hard! So here are some ice breakers in case you want to make this happen but have no idea on how to get the ball rolling:

1. You want to discuss the mark you received - whether it's good or bad
2. You want to discuss how to go about studying or writing the next assignment - come prepared! tell them your own ideas and ask for their input
3. Just drop in during their office hours and discuss your plans for your future and if they have any advice - some profs love this stuff and some might not, you have to become a good people reader!
4. Drop in to discuss class material - whether it's confusing or fabulously interesting
5. Google them. Find out their research interests and drop in a few comments on that - usually highly thought out comments or you'll just seem like you're trying too hard.

Worse comes to worse check out to see what other people have said about them and what to expect. Don't take everything seriously on this website since most people post on there when they are will pissed off about something or did amazingly well in their class.

And don't forget the TAs, they're usually marking all your stuff anyways so drop in with them too and help them put a name to a face.


  1. Hi! Stopping by from Weekend Wander. I think it's cool that you're at Guelph. You don't always see too many Canadians on this hop. My husband went to Waterloo so I used to take the bus and we'd stop in Guelph ;)

    I wish I had you around when I was in school! That's some great advice :)

  2. Thanks for the awesome comment! I applied to Waterloo a few years ago but ultimately chose Guelph - the perfect choice for me! What a small world!

  3. Stopping by from the blog hop (although late) and following you thru GFC. I would love a follow back when you get the chance. Thanks so much for your help and have a great week!