Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors. Although though they may sometimes be intimidating, they are people too! In class and out of class your professors can almost be two different people. If you are having a hard time with one of your classes or just have a question about an assignment don’t hesitate to stop by their office hours or send them a quick email.
Most professors never have anyone stop by their office hours. Most of the time, professors are just sitting there grading assignments. If you didn’t know, professors hold office hours specifically so that you can stop by to ask them questions or get a better explanation on something that was learned in class. Therefore, attending office hours will show your professors how you really care and want to do well in the class. Also, many professors will be more than willing to go over material that was learned in class again because YOU are the one making the effort to understand that material.
If you are emailing your professors always remember to be courteous. If you are sending them an email, always greet them with a “hello professor so and so” or “dear professor so and so”. Then proceed to ask your question or whatever it is that you need to say. Always sign your email with “thanks” or “best regards”. After this you want to be sure to add your first and last name. It would also be a good idea to include what section of the class you are in. Although this piece is not entirely necessary, most professors teach more than one section of the class. Therefore, when you write the section he or she may be better in assisting you.
So the thing to remember is that your professors are humans and not monsters. Although it may be intimidating going to their office hours or sending an email for the first time, you will benefit in the long run. You will have the answer to the question you need and you will also be able to show your professor that you are a dedicated student and are doing your best to succeed and do well in the class.