As a follow-up to our earlier episode on communicating with professors (#83), Lynn and Vicki explore some of the benefits of relationships with professors, what those relationships might look like, and how students might approach and work with faculty members outside of the classroom. We often assume many of these social skills are second nature and common sense, but post Covid, students may need help in developing these skills. Parents may be one of their student’s most valuable coaches.
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We began Season 5 of the College Parent Central podcast by thinking about student/professor relationships, but with a twist. We know the relationship between students and their professors in the classroom is a very important topic, (We discussed these classroom relationships in Episode #83 – Why Are Students Reluctant to Connect with Professors?) but we wanted to think beyond the classroom to how students and their professors can build relationships outside of the purely academic classroom.
Parents can help guide students to understand how important their professors can be and can help students think about how to develop these essential relationships. Students may need some coaching about how to approach and communicate with a professor.
Lynn talked about how high school and college relationships are different, why professors may seem scary, and how Covid may have affected students’ ability to connect in person.
We also shared the many ways that professors and students can connect beyond the classroom and beyond the standard office hours. Students may not think about how to maximize these opportunities so helping them look for these opportunities can be helpful.
We also got down to the nitty-gritty of how to approach a professor. It’s not always as much common sense as it may seem.
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