Instructors are people. They are an important part of your education. These are suggestions for forming a good working relationship with them.
• Form your own opinion about instructors. Students talk about their teachers and their experiences. Form your own opinion about the instructor.
• Get to know your teachers first hand. Find out their office hours. Some teachers best express their love and enthusiasm for their subject in private conversations rather than lectures.
• Submit professional work of high quality in both content and form. Prepare papers as if you were submitting them to an employer.
• Be attentive. Daydreaming, sleeping or having side conversations in class will insult your instructor. Side conversations also bother other students.
• Arrive early for class. You can visit with your instructor or classmates, review notes or spend a few minutes relaxing. Being on time demonstrates your commitment and interest.
• Participate in class discussions. Ask questions. Provide answers. Be ready to debate and discuss. Your instructor will know you are interested and prepared.
• Accept criticism. Learn from your teacher’s comments on your work. It is a teacher’s job to correct. Don’t take it personally.
• Be polite to your instructors. Most importantly, handle the four C’s—complaints, criticism, conflict, and compliments.
Avoid these negative behaviors.
• Making excuses (your instructors have heard them all). Accept responsibility for your mistakes and failures.
• Arguing angrily- especially over exams.
• Treating classes as social hours or unwanted obligations.
• Being a know-it-all student.
• Telling emotional and personal stories leading nowhere
• Demanding that your instructors give you special favors and consideration.
• Telling other students what you dislike about the instructor instead of going directly to the instructor.
• Being irritating to an instructor who irritates you.
• Asking your instructors to be personal counselors.
Much of this material was taken from Becoming a Master Student, Ellis.