Myth 2

The TRUTH? Office hours are a great resource!
Office hours are a great way to clarify the course content and receive answers to your questions, and they can also help you in other ways. For example, you can use office hours to:
  • Help your instructor to get to know you (especially if you're taking a large lecture class).
  • Get an idea of what material you should study to prepare for exams. (Hint: If your instructor/TA talks about certain material in class AND during office hours, there's a good chance it will be on an exam).
  • Review and clarify any mistakes you made after an exam and develop stronger study strategies for the future.
  • Find out if instructors have information on other learning support resources.
  • Build a relationship with your instructor(s) so you'll have contacts to reach out to when you need letters of support or recommendation.
  • Ask your instructor if they have information on getting connected to majors, jobs, internships, or research opportunities.
In order to get the most out of office hours, consider these general guidelines:
  • Get there early! 
  • Prepare at least three open-ended questions about the material.
  • Know the professor’s academic interests and research.
  • Contact your instructor or TA to see if another time will work if you have a conflict with the posted office hours.
To get insight on how students benefited from attending office hours, read our STUDENT SPOTLIGHT.