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We know you know to use office hours, but we know it can be intimidating. So we've gathered these strategies (plus a fun infographic at the bottom of the page AND a whole packet of info that you can print and refer to at your leisure!), to set you up for success.
Office hours are specific hours that instructors set aside for students to come to their office; ask questions; and get clarification on assignments, exams, or other course-related topics. As instructors are in the best position to answer your questions, office hours are a great resource for you to stay on track in the course. You can also attend office hours to introduce yourself to your instructor and become familiar with them. Developing relationships with instructors can be beneficial, as you have the opportunity to learn from your instructor and create a connection that could assist you later in your OSU career. Here are some suggestions for making the most of office hours:
Typically, those involved in the instruction of the course will hold office hours. The people who hold office hours are generally listed on your syllabus, and they vary depending on the course. Common people who hold office hours include
Office hours are usually listed on your course syllabus. If office hours are not listed, be sure to ask your instructor if they have office hours or if they are available by appointment if you email in advance. If their original office hours conflict with your schedule, most instructors are open to meeting outside of office hours by appointment. When emailing to request an appointment outside of office hours, be sure to offer a range of times you would be available to meet. Instructors may have busy schedules, and a range of times makes it easier to ensure that you can meet at a time that is convenient for both of your schedules.
It's a good idea to come prepared for office hours. Here are a few suggestions for preparation:
Developing professional and positive relationships with instructors is part of your education. Be aware of how you are communicating to establish these relationships. Keep these tips in mind to have a successful conversation:
Office hours are a great way to take advantage of the resources available to you as a student. Attending office hours can provide you with information you need to succeed in the course as well as information the instructor needs to improve the course for future students.
And hey, we've got an infographic about it - take your office hour visits to the next level: