5 Ways to Build Relationships with Faculty

Even if graduate school is not in your plans, it’s important to create great relationships with your professors. Get to know a faculty member well and they can help answer questions on course material, advise you on opportunities to apply what you study in a job or profession, and — when the time comes — write you a recommendation for a new opportunity.

Here are five tips for relationship building — courtesy of the Undergraduate Dean’s office:

  1. Go to office hours when you don’t need to.
    Show them your level of interest in what you are studying.
  2. Give notice that you’ll be missing class in advance.
    If you are going to be out of town or have the flu, let your professor know that you’ll be missing class ahead of time. In some cases, you may be able to get notes from others.
  3. Ask about a final grade.
    Not sure why or how you ended up with the course grade you did on a transcript. Contact your faculty and ask to have a face-to-face conversation. If you did better than expected, find out what you did well. If your grade was lower than expected, it’s okay to ask why — just be careful not to play defense. Understand what happened.
  4. Pick up your final exam
    Aren’t you curious about how you did?
  5. Send a note to the professor thanking them.
    Whether you enjoyed a class, discovered a new discipline you never thought of before, changed your idea on what to major in or simply looked forward to your class everyday, say so. Who doesn’t love genuine positive feedback?Follow two or more of these steps and you’ll be well on your way to building strong relationships with your faculty!


Jump Into Spring Term

Given the snow, ice and salt on the ground, it’s hard to believe that Spring term is here.dartmouth_library
We’ve got a full slate of panels, interactive workshops and events, log into Dartboard and check out our Events Calendar to see what’s been scheduled so far. We’re always adding new programs, don’t forget to look for updates whenever you log in.


How to Ask for An Informational Interview

careertips13-150x150So you have checked the Dartmouth Career Network and can’t find an alum who works at your dream organization. Here’s how to find and approach potential contacts and get them to say yes — every time.

Special thanks to The Muse for this content…

Want to find alums willing to talk with you for informational interviews? Check out the Dartmouth Career Network.

Tongue tied as to what to say? Read our tips on how to reach out to alums. You’ll also find a list of questions you can use to get started.