Easy Ways to Earn Brownie Points With Your Professor

Easy Ways to Earn Brownie Points With Your Professor
Easy Ways to Earn Brownie Points With Your Professor
Whether you’re one face in 300 in an introductory course at a large university, trying to boost your grade and level of participation in a small seminar class, or are trying to connect with your professor in an online course, racking up extra brownie points is a worthwhile endeavor. The last thing you want to do is to come across as a brown noser — you’re in college now, and your professors probably have less patience for insincerity and obnoxious flattering than your high school teachers did. Plus, they have less time to deal with you, and may have a very weak impression of you already, the basis of which could be as simple as the one time you were late to class or that time you accidentally sent to them an e-mail meant for your best friend (and probably referencing jello shots or being hungover). Whatever your motives are, earning brownie points in college is actually very easy.

The most straightforward way you can get on your professor’s good side is to do all — or at least some — of the extra work he or she recommends. Head to Blackboard and do the supplemental readings, and make sure to post on the message board. You don’t have to write a whole paper on the subject, but submit a question or two-sentence response to the piece, proving that you read it and cared enough about the class to discuss it. Respond to other students’ threads too, to show your interest in collaborating over the material. Besides supplemental reading, show up for optional review sessions or movie showings that the professor has organized after class. Attend guest speaker events, and try to sit near your professor if other students in the class are all going together.

In class, professors love energetic participation, so try to write down one question to ask during each class. Pay attention to the lecture and discussion, though, because if your question is already addressed before you have time to ask it, you’ll frustrate the professor and other students, revealing your inattention. Also make it to your professor’s office to visit during his or her set hours, just to say hi or to ask how you can raise your grade in the class. This one-on-one time is crucial to boosting your professor’s view of you, and can make all the difference in letters of recommendation, letting an absence slide, or giving you that extra point on an exam.
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