You should feel comfortable connecting with your professor or TA during office hours. Asking your prof or TA questions, and getting clarification or constructive feedback, will ensure you’re on the right track.
How to reach out
- Check your course syllabus (hardcopy or posted on Quercus) for your prof and TA’s contact information (email, typically).
- Check to see if they have office hours or are they drop-in or by appointment only? If you’re in class during office hours, email your prof to see if you can make an alternate appointment.
- If you have a quick question, you may want to approach your prof before or after class. Keep in mind they may request you attend office hours or schedule an appointment, but speaking to them in class can be a good start.
- If you can’t find your course syllabus you can check the U of T Faculty-wide directory.
How to prepare for a meeting with your prof or TA
- Be on time (or 5 minutes early)
- Make the most of your time with your prof- come prepared with specific questions or comments that you’d like to discuss. Write them down.
- Don’t forget a pen or pencil.
- Take notes during the meeting – print out your notes and avoid relying on technology.
- Dress appropriately for your meeting (avoid sweats).
- Lastly, show appreciation and make sure to thank your professor for his or her time.