Build Rapport with Your College Instructor

Source: Wikipedia
If you're going back to school there is enough to worry about without having a bad relationship with your instructor.  But it really isn't that hard to get on your instructors good side.  Just follow these simple tips:

  • Show up on time (or a little early) for class.  Instructors hate it when student come ambling in when they are in the middle of a lecture or giving instructions for the day.  Just show up on time. 
  • If being late was unavoidable, apologize, be humble, be honest, and don't do it again.  Once or twice is something the instructor will overlook.  Once or twice a week is a habit.
  • Listen actively.  That doesn't mean sitting slouched in your chair looking at the ceiling or out the window.  Sure, you're not talking but you're not really listening either are you.  Make eye contact, ask questions when relevant, take notes.  Active listeners learn better anyway.
  • Re-read the instructions before you ask questions.  Yes, I know, it is the instructor's job to answer your questions but when you can't be bothered to even read the instructions carefully, they may start to resent your questions.
  • Be willing to help other students but don't do their work for them.  There is a fine line between helping and cheating.
  • Participate in class discussions.  
  • Hand in your work on time.
  • Be honest.  Lame excuses about why you weren't in class or why your work is not done will not cut the mustard.  Just be honest. If you are having organization or time management or stress issues - tell your instructor.  They might be able to help or at least be able to refer you to someone who can.
What other ways have you found help to build a good rapport with college instructors?