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How to talk to your lecturers


Students should try their hardest to get to know their lecturers in university. However, some may stay away because they feel intimidated. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Lecturers are just like one of us and if you treat them with respect and learn to interact with them, you’ll find that the student-lecturer relationship will have a lot to offer…


Call them by the right title

A Doctor is someone with a PhD. If you’re taught by someone who has a PhD, remember to call him Doctor. If you’re not sure, you can refer to him as a professor. For some lecturers, they will tell you how they prefer to be called so be sure to take note. If you’re totally unsure, a Mr or Ms is usually fine.


Do not lie

Always tell the truth as your lecturer has probably heard it all. Do not try to make excuses for late assignment submissions. If a lecturer knows that you’re lying, they’re not going to respond very well to whatever requests that you may make in the future. So be honest.


Work hard

If you’re falling behind, work hard and ask for some consultation time with your lecturer to get the help you need. Showing that you’re willing to learn will naturally make your lecturer want to help you. Do not expect your lecturers to just give you marks that you do not deserve although you may have a close relationship.


Pay social calls

Most lecturers are required by school policy to be in his office and available for a set number of hours per week for consultation. Use those hours to ask questions about your work or assignment. Also, many professors love talking to students so do drop in to have a little chat with them. It helps that they can get to know you better as a person, your interests and goals. Sometimes they also make good advisors especially when you have problems. Striking a strong relationship with them will help tremendously too when you ask for reference letters.


Do not flirt

 Never flirt with your lecturers. It is true that students sometimes end up developing crushes on their professors and although you’re both adults and know what you’re doing, keep in mind that such behaviour could lead to them losing their jobs or career. It could also affect your life and reputation as a student. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being friendly with lecturers, but just not too friendly. 



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