Female instructor using the computer to check email during office hoursOffice Hours and Email Overview

Office hours and email provide students the opportunity to ask in-depth questions and explore topics of confusion or interest that might not be addressed in class. Establish a few guidelines (e.g. reason for visit, how much time is needed, etc.) to ensure office visits are productive. Office hours should be posted in the syllabus and office door.

Strategies

Listen Well

Take notes, jot down names, phrases, and other details of the conversation to reference for future meetings.

Mentorship

Students often ask questions related to majors, internships, and other career opportunities. Sharing your own experience can be helpful.

Resources

Diving Deeper/Research