How to Develop a Quality Mentor Relationship with your Professor

How to develop a quality mentor relationship with your professor? There are several ways to develop your mentor relationship with your professor.

1) AVOID INTERRUPTING YOUR PROFESSOR DURING CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION TIME.
Based upon my community college experience, I have discovered that interrupting your instructor when he or she is talking with a question, is to be avoided at all costs.

Either he or she is going to cover that topical question later on during the lecture anyway, or save it for future reference. The professor may be interested in using it for small group discussion sessions, homework assignments, or research papers for example.

2) AVOID CROWDING AROUND YOUR PROFESSOR BEFORE OR AFTER CLASS.
Unless your issue is very important, gathering around your professor before class, lessons valuable class room instruction time. The same class room logic also applies to after class, unless, your professor specifically asks you to personally. Most instructors have open periods available for private consolation purposes!

3) COME TO CLASS ON TIME
If at all possible try to arrive for class at least ten minutes earlier. Some professors may assign their students a seat on the first day of class. Whereas, other instructors may not enforce an open seat policy where their students are able to make their own seating arrangements. Being tardy for class, unless for emergency reasons, shows a disregard for your professor. Professors are professional clock watchers, it is part of an occupational hazard.

4) FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Most professor who teach on college levels dislike repeating themselves unless they wish to emphasis an important topical point. Constant repetition of subject matter, means that latter of during the course, the professor may be forced to rush through subjects. However, some professors may repeat themselves, if that is part of their teaching style.

5) EXTRA ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
If you are a disabled student, a note taker may be available to assist you in note taking. Talk to your Disabled Student Coordinator for any needed assistance. Most colleges provided tutorial assistance for students who require out side class room assistance.

Whether or not a professor allows recording devices in classrooms, is either up to the college or university, or the professor himself. Some professors feel that they are paid for classroom time, they are not paid for extra class room time. In short they may resent recorders. In this post modern era when identify theft is popular, recording devices may be banned from all scholastic institutions.