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!
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 www.ratemyprofessors.com 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.