Raise your hand and answer questions.
Don’t let someone else be the one kid that raises their hand. When a professor asks a question and is looking for classroom participation, raise your hand if you know the answer. Raise your hand if you’re pretty sure, but not positive. Simply raising your hand and not getting called on alone makes an impression! Don’t just sit there blinking at them. Frankly, it’s awkward.
Smile and say, “Hello, Professor _____” when you enter the room.
This one should be a no-brainer, but the number of times students just shuffle in and slide into their seats and wait silently is truly uncountable. Smiling and saying, “Hello, Professor Smith,” doesn’t just stick out to me, but it doubles down on the necessity for me to learn your name too. I already feel that way, but when you greet me by name, you better believe I’ll be doing the same to you next time.
Stay after and ask if there are any areas you can improve on.
Not only that, but if the class really interested you and the lecture was particularly engaging, let them know and thank them for it. If they have office hours, stop by and find out what you could be doing to improve your grade or help your career down the line. If the professor has optional reading assignments, read them and talk about them after, even if it’s after the course has ended.
This falls in line with “Raise Your Hand,” but often lectures do not allow for the opportunity to participate directly. When this happens, make eye contact with your professor, show that you are listening, and get interested in the subject matter. They will notice, because you will almost always stick out like a sore thumb (in a good way) among the other students.
Try Not to Miss Class.
Let’s say you pay $3,250 a semester to attend your university, which is a lot lower than hundreds of colleges out there. If you take five classes, and each class meets once a week for twelve weeks, you are spending over $50 per class. Skipping one is like setting fire to a fifty-dollar bill. Some students make it their goal to skip the maximum number of classes before it affects their grade, which is normally three times. Those students are flushing over $800 down the toilet. The student has a tough time recognizing that, but the professor recognizes it all too well. If you don’t miss a class, the professor will notice, and if you do have to miss one, send he or she a polite email to let them know.