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Knowing that some college classes have many students, what are some ways to stand out and make yourself memorable to your professor?(Do you have to ask questions, participate a lot, etc?)


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Cameren’s Answer

I think the best way to stand out and really get to know your professors, especially in a large lecture, is to attend their office hours. They set this time out of their schedule for their students to come in, meet them, and ask questions. Participating and asking questions during lecture is also a good idea but some people may not feel comfortable doing that in such a large group. So, definitely go to their office hours or send them an email before the semester starts introducing yourself and saying you're looking forward to their class. You could even ask about their research interest because maybe they have a spot on their team open. Overall, just take some time to form a relationship with them. I hope this was helpful.

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Tsui Ying’s Answer

To stand out in lectures, simply be yourself. You can greet them at the start of the module. If you have a question to ask, then ask it in class. Although, you don't have to be the person who asks a question in every class.

if you have smaller tutorial/seminar classes then participation often becomes a habit as there are fewer people, so naturally fewer places to hide.

If you want to stand out and be remembered beyond the semester/ term, then visiting office hours is the most beneficial idea. You can ask questions about the module or bring up things that have sparked your interest and ask for further reading recommendations.

At the end of the semester, you can ask to see them and thank them in person. Or, writing a thank you card or even a Christmas card with future contact details could help you to keep in contact with them. Alternatively, you can send an email to say thank you and notify them of your LinkedIn if you have one.

Thank you! Zemira M.

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Elena’s Answer

Hi There!

Yes office hours is the way to go! It shows you are going the extra mile and are invested and they will appreciate that. You will also build a relationship with them which can be helpful in the feature for reccomendations!

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Shelby’s Answer

Hello Zemira!

One of the strategies I used was to always stay after the very first class period and ask a question. Now, if you don't have any serious questions, you probably shouldn't waste the professor's time asking a fluff question. However, I usually have some sort of question about the syllabus, homework/assignments, or the textbook. You can also tell them about something you related to, if the professor introduced anything about themself that you synced with. Either way, making yourself known and present to the professor on the very first day usually leaves a good impression. Hope this helps!

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Jessica’s Answer

Participate a lot - but also be sure to attend office hours for your professors. Don't feel the need to build relationships with all of your professors - but the ones you aspire to be like or the ones who are experts in the field you are interested in!

Okay, thank you! Zemira M.

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Yekaterina’s Answer

There are some professors which you won't want to stand out to. In those instances, my suggestion would be to work hard, ask prior students who succeeded in that class what the professor is looking for, and leave your relationship at that.

If there is a professor who teaches a topic or has a method of teaching which you prefer, I would let them know via office hours, and come prepared with some follow up questions so that you aren't just serenading them. They might become a mentor for you during your career, and might help you along through college.

I would not try to make yourself stand out in every class, that doesn't seem reasonable or beneficial, to me.

Thank you for your input. Zemira M.

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Kelli’s Answer

Hi Zemira! A great way to stand out in a college class is to be respectful. Be attentive in class - show up on time and don't be distracted on your phone and computer. Introduce yourself and give them a warm welcome before class begins. Attending office hours also gives you more 1:1 time to engage and ask questions. If you continue to build a relationship with your professors, they could ask you to come back as a teaching assistant for them in future semesters. Good luck!

Thank you! Zemira M.

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