Office Hours are a unique component of how university students interact with their faculty. Unlike high school teachers, professors often teach in many locations, and they are often scheduled to be somewhere else directly before or after your class. Sometimes you can stop in early or stay late to chat with them, but sometimes they truly don’t have the time.
So how do you ask questions or seek guidance? Office hours are your answer!
Professors are experts not only in your course content but also in their chosen field. You might stop into office hours to ask questions about the class, an assignment, or a particular problem – and that’s definitely encouraged. However, don’t miss the opportunity to engage in deeper conversation with your professor. You might discover a new career interest or find yourself joining in a research project. Many Bucknell students participate in research and even publish or present at conferences with their professors.
When you start each semester, your professor will provide a syllabus for the class. Among other important information, the syllabus will provide contact information for your professor including office hours and location. Take note of how your professor wants to be contacted – email, phone, drop-in, or by-appointment-only – and take advantage of the chance to get to know them.