Success Skills for Students

Building Relationships

Getting along with your professors will enhance your learning experience. Here are some tips that are sure to help you out:

  • Attend Your Classes: When you don't show up to class, your professors remember. Attending your classes at Concordia will help you build a healthy relationship with your professors and classmates.
  • Catch Up: If you miss class because of an emergency, connect with someone from your class to find out what you missed. Find someone who you know takes great notes and make a copy for yourself. Also, be sure to ask if there were any important announcements made like test and quiz dates - you may have missed. Out of respect for your professor, be sure to explain why you missed classes and offer an apology if needed.
  • Meet Your Professor: Don't just be another face in the crowd. Instead, introduce yourself to your professor. Stop by during their office hours just to say hello or ask her/him a question or two. All faculty at Concordia really do want to get to know their students on a personal level.
  • Complete Assignments on Time: Turning things in on time shows your professor that you are serious about learning, and that no matter how difficult a task, you have done your best to complete it and turn it in on time.
  • Participate in Class: Instead of sitting back and listening during class, participate! Initiate responses with other classmates and with your professor. Higher education is all about thinking for yourself and now is a great time to go for it! If there was any conflict with your professor because of something you said, talk with her/him after class to clear the air.
  • Professors Were Students Too: Always keep in mind professors were students just like you and understand the worries, frustrations, and concerns that you may have. Some are actual leading experts in their field, and have done cool things like written books and traveled the world.