College is very different from high school in many aspect. College is super fun and comes with so much freedom. You also learn so many things, such as study habits, time management, and how to succeed. One thing you will that will help you succeed in some of your courses is utilizing that particular professor’s office hours. Here are a few reasons you should take advantage of your professor’s office hours.
Learn something that wasn’t explicitly said in the syllabus
There are many professors who will tell you some particular information that isn’t said flat out in the syllabus. This is very beneficial to you in so many ways. For example everyone’s favorite question, “do you round up our final grade”, is something that isn’t always stated in the syllabus
You receive FREE help
Instead of hiring a tutor to help you in the subject you are struggling in, your professor is willing to help you for free. Professors take time out of their day to hold office hours for their students who may be struggling. Another good part about this is that unlike a tutor, the professor will give better clarification since they’re the ones actually teaching that subject.
Better clarification on grades and written feedback
Virginia Tech has a system called Canvas where all of your professors post homework assignments and grades. A grade only tells you so much. The hand written notes your professor leaves on the side of your essay aren’t always very legible! Visit your professor and get clarification on any grades or feedback you’re confused about. They’ll help you understand where these point deductions and suggestions came from.
Catch up on any work you may have missed
Were you out all last week with the flu? Did you have a big family wedding across the country you had to travel to? If you were unable to attend a class, office hours are the best time to pick your professor’s brain about any work you need to make up
Gather any tips on any upcoming assignments
Do you ever get those HUGE projects that take the entire semester and require some big, fancy presentation at the end? Yeah… that’s not something you should just wing! Prepare yourself by chatting with your professor about any helpful tips they may have.
All of these are reasons office hours are so vital to students at Virginia Tech. If you find yourself struggling in a particular class don’t be hesitant to take advantage of that professors or TA’s office hours. This isn’t just for any specific class but this information pertains to almost any class at Virginia Tech.