Why Going To Your Professors' Office Hours WILL Pay Off
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Why Going To Your Professors' Office Hours WILL Pay Off

It seems scary, but connecting with your professors is beneficial!

Why Going To Your Professors' Office Hours WILL Pay Off
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As the spring semester continues, we could all use a little extra push to make it through midterms and upcoming projects. I for one have been needing a little extra motivation lately, so I've decided to really put my on-campus resources to good use.

I've been taking advantage of the free food, T-shirts and service dog-in-training kissing booth. But, the one resource that has really motivated me this semester is actually really simple -- I have been going to my professors' office hours. I know it sounds silly, but it really does pay off.

Today at my bio professor's office, I was able to go over my last exam, figure out which questions I got wrong and we had an in-depth discussion of why I got them wrong and how to remember the material for the final in April.

If you need a little more convincing, you can use office hours to your advantage. This means more than just going over old exams or asking questions you truly don't want the answers to and never getting those 30+ minutes back.

Last week, I took a quiz for my Developmental Psychology class and I was confused about one of the questions. So, I went to my professor's office hours and after an effective academic discussion, he concluded that he "[didn't] like the question", so he deleted it from the quiz for everyone in the class.

Was I expecting that to happen? Of course not, because you can't expect professors to change your grade simply because you want them to. Don't be afraid to challenge the course material or quizzes/tests, though, because you could be right!

Another reason going to office hours pays off is if you want to be a teaching assistant (TA) or ask a faculty member to mentor you for research. There are only so many ways to go about doing either of these without connecting with your professors or faculty members first.

Going to office hours, in general, can be daunting, but the added stress of making a good, lasting impression is hard for some students. I suggest emailing your professors if you're an online student or you get nervous with face-to-face conversations.

Either way, try to start building these relationships as soon as possible because these individuals can help you with your resume, CV for grad school, letters of recommendation, campus resources, and most of all study tips so you can spend more time rewatching "The Office" for the millionth time.

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Here are 100 things I'd rather to than study. I know the semester just started, but

    1. Watch a movie
    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them

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