Tip #1 – Get to know your instructor

Mentor Series: How to Succeed in University

This Mentor Series is for those of you needing a little guidance along the way. The tips will come in a series of posts.

1. Get to know your instructor. Here are some reasons why:

Make sure you understand what his or her marking scheme is like and understand exactly what he or she is looking for. If you’re confused, don’t be afraid to talk to your instructor directly. They are there at your disposal! It’s all about learning your audience. All your instructors will want things formatted differently. This will make them very happy when they are marking whatever you’re handing in. This is very important. Listen to their instructions. Also be aware, there is never just one way to learning something. You will grow into a versatile person and achieve greater results.

If you are able to recognize this early, you’re already one step ahead of the game. So don’t fret if you end up getting less than desirable marks near the beginning of the semester. This is the best time to learn! Your instructor’s feedback is EVERY THING. If you don’t understand the feedback, again, try talking to your instructor directly. Not only will you be able to hit the nail on the head next time, but also, your instructor will recognize how eager you are to learn.

And let’s be honest, instructors do have favourite students. Use this to your advantage! This could mean a difference of a passing or failing mark. This could mean a difference of an entire letter grade! Furthermore, if you end up making a connection with your instructor, REQUEST A REFERENCE. Do it. No excuses. These references can mean the most to someone reviewing your resume or application because it is the only way this person can get a grasp of what kind of person your really are. Not only that, networking is crucial in this day and age. Your instructor might even be able to get you some great connections!

In the end, remember that the learning experience will always be more valuable than the grade itself. Try to get the most out of your education.

All the best of luck Keeners!

Stay tuned for Tip #2

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