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6 Ways to Get Your Brock University Professor to Like You (Without Trying Too Hard!)

We get it: university is challenging with classes, friends, and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of your life. Getting to know your professors might be your last priority—you’re just trying to pass their class, not become BFFs, right?

Actually, building strong bonds with your professors can be one of the most valuable things you can do with your time at Brock University. Not only can your professors write you letters of recommendation for jobs and internships, but they can also serve as important mentors throughout your lifetime.

 But how do you get your professor to like you without seeming like a suck-up?

1. Be genuine

Professors are smart (duh!). They can tell right off the bat whether a student is interested in talking to them or just trying to grub a letter of rec. You don’t have to be tight with all your professors! Just choose one or two whom you respect, whose teaching style you love, or whose subject you’re really passionate about. Keep things authentic and you can’t go wrong.

2. Write down questions as you read or study

You don’t want to be the person who shows up to office hours asking, “What is a mitochondrion?” Preparing questions ahead of time lets you actually think about what you’re asking. This means your questions will be complex, insightful and show the professor that you’re putting effort into the course.

3. Start going to office hours

These time slots aren’t there just for show: professors actually want you to show up! Office hours are a great chance to not only get your questions answered, but also to learn from other students’ questions as well. Plus, you never know when your professor might drop a tidbit about an upcoming exam that he forgot to mention in class! Remember that Brock University professors have hundreds of students, so just seeing your face in their office over and over again helps them start to recognize you.

4. Participate in class

Scratch that: first, show up to class. While hitting that snooze button may seem tempting, you want to make sure you’re actually getting the full benefit of your professor’s teaching. Shuffling in ten minutes late and passing out in the back row doesn’t cut it, either. Sit closer to the front and participate in lecture! That way, your professor can differentiate between you and the rows of snoring students.

5. Stay on the look-out for articles or current events related to the course

Professors teach in a certain subject because they’re passionate about it, and often conduct research in the same field. Paying attention to relevant new developments lets you spark conversations that go beyond just begging for help with the class. Professors love interacting with young minds who care about the same things they do, and they might even invite you to work in their labs or help them with a project!

6. Treat them like a person

Not every conversation has to be about academics! Professors have personal lives just like you do. Consider asking about their family or hobbies, and share a little about your own. They also might be great at suggesting fun things to do around campus, as many of them have lived in the area for years.

Remember: professors might seem intimidating, but they want to connect with you as much as you do! Forming bonds with students and helping them grow is one of the most rewarding parts of teaching. So, get out there and start getting to know the amazing brains who teach your courses!

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