Asking for help can sometimes be a difficult task. Half of the students don’t have habit of asking questions to their teacher when they need help and it’s those students who get lower grades. In fact, it's important to seek help rather than let problems fester and intensify. So, how do you approach a professor for one-on-one time? First, let's look at common reasons students seek assistance.
Sometimes students avoid asking for assistance or meeting with their professors because they're embarrassed or intimidated. What are common anxieties experienced by students?
Ask yourself: Is this urgent? If so, then try to contact by phone. Otherwise, you can try e-mail. Sending an email is a good way to ask questions to your teacher because the teacher will respond when they have time. This means you might get a betterresearched, more informative answer than if you asked them during the lesson. Wait a few days for a response remember that teaching is a professor's job, so don't expect replies over evenings, weekends, or holidays.
Check the schedule for the professor's office hours before you make your request. If the professor requests that you return at another time, do your best to meet at a time which is convenient for him/her. Don't ask a professor to meet you at a time that is inconvenient for them because professors have many more responsibilities than teaching ( Meetings within the department, university, and community).
Asking is the only way to learn your professor's preferences. Say something like, "Professor , I need a few minutes of your time so that you can help me with a question/problem. Is this a good time, or can we set up something that is more convenient for you?" Keep it short and to the point.
If you are worried to talk with your professor, prepare a list of your questions before. Be efficient and try to accomplish everything in one meeting, rather than coming back again with further questions. Try to Bring your class notes & syllabus with you to refer to. If you need to refer to a textbook, bookmark the pages that you will need to refer to so you can get them quickly. Come prepared to take notes . Notes will help you record and remember the responses to your questions and prevent you from asking the same questions later in the course.
Be punctual. Punctuality signifies respect for your professor's time. Do not arrive early or late. Most professors are pressed for time. If you need to meet with your professor again, ask him /her if you can set up another appointment, following the suggestions above. Use the appropriate form of address. Unless your professor has indicated otherwise, address him or her by last name and with the appropriate title ( Professor, Doctor). Show some gratitude. Always thank the professor for his/her time and express any gratitude that you feel is appropriate for the specific help that has provided by them.