The Differences Between High School and College and the Importance of Student-Faculty Interaction for College Success
by Dr. Drew Appleby, IUPUI Professor of Psychology
Page 3: A three-step strategy to facilitate student/faculty connections
Stage 1: Get NoticedThe best way to help a college instructor to notice you in a positive manner is to help that instructor form the impression that you are an active, interested, responsible, and motivated student.
Some of my students have told me that the “good” students in their high schools were the ones who simply didn’t engage in “bad” behaviors. In college, simply not being “bad” doesn’t make you “good.” Being a “good” student in college means understanding what is expected and doing what is expected in an accurate, correct, courteous, and timely manner.
Here are some ways to get noticed as a “good” college student:
Here are some ways to get noticed as a “not-so-good” college student:
Stage 2: Perform Well
Performing well means earning high scores on tests, producing written work that is professional in both content and appearance, and speaking in a clear and articulate manner.
The ability to perform well is dependent upon a willingness to:
Stage 3: Just Do It!
There are many ways to get involved with faculty, including serving as a teaching assistant, research assistant, mentor, tutor, peer advisor, club or organization officer, work-study student, or an OTEAM member.
Some examples of faculty and staff who freshmen will find to be particularly approachable include learning community faculty members, teachers of "gateway" classes (usually your 100 and 101 classes), Academic advisors, club or organization advisors, and members of academic support services such as the Writing Center, Career Center, Bepko Learning Center, etc.
Also, try to seek the advice of upperclassmen about particularly approachable faculty members.