Sep 9, 2022
At Florida Southern College, our professors are nothing short of extraordinary.
They’ve completed graduate programs, professional certifications, and various research projects in their field. Now, they’re eager to share that knowledge with our students through engaging lessons and activities. They understand better than anyone that sometimes students need additional assistance or clarification about the course material. That’s why every professor has office hours and wants you to use them!
Here are a few ways to best make use of your time with FSC’s incredible faculty:
Professors are People
Get to know your professors beyond their syllabuses, lectures, assignments, and exams. Their job includes being an educational advocate and mentor for you. They should know as much as possible about your academic and career aspirations, and you should know as much as possible about them as facilitators of knowledge. There are several ways you can get to know your professors.
Get the Most Bang for Your Buck
Taking a course without collaborating with the professor is like going to a restaurant and letting someone else order your food for you. There is no harm in informing your professors what you want to learn from them. Yes, a professor knows what he or she plans to teach but informing him or her about what educational and informational gaps you want to fill could inspire a new lesson, or a new twist on an old lesson. Take the “KWL” approach when talking with professors. Share K (what you know), W (want to know), and throughout the course L (what you are learning).
Don't be ashamed or afraid to ask for help if a course is challenging for you. Schedule a meeting with the professor during his or her office hours. If you are uncomfortable meeting with a professor one-on-one, and you know other students who are also struggling, see if the professor can meet with you in a small group.
Mocs on a Mission
The mission of Florida Southern College is to prepare students through dynamic engaged learning to make a positive and consequential impact on society. Achieving that mission is easier when students and professors are in constant communication. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, share your concerns, or make suggestions.
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