Communicating with Your Professors

You may feel intimidated about approaching an instructor at the beginning of the semester, but you don't need to worry. Learn how to initiate a positive dialogue with each of your professors and maintain the momentum throughout the semester.


Communicating with Professors: An Introduction

Communicating with Professors: An Introduction

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Learn what our “Communicating with Professors” area has to offer.


Contacting Instructors and Administrators

Contacting Instructors and Administrators

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You want to communicate your learning needs with your professor, but you’re not sure how and when to start.  Learn some tips and caveats for contacting your instructor from this article.


A Faculty Perspective

A Faculty Perspective

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As a professor who has worked with students who are blind or visually impaired of all ages, Dr. Savaiano shares useful wisdom about how to communicate with instructors confidently but positively. Listen to this interview, and think about how you might better frame requests to professors in the future.


Meeting Resistance?

Meeting Resistance?

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What do you do if an instructor is hostile or indifferent to your needs? Read some real-world responses and suggestions from our mentors to help you stay assertive but positive.


Help Instructors to Become Champions

Help Instructors to Become Champions

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You know how important good communication is, but you still want specifics. Use these sample scenarios to help you to practice the communication you’ll need to maintain with instructors in order to help them to become interested in your learning.


Participate in Your Accommodations

Participate in Your Accommodations

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You want to show your professor how your accommodations apply to her specific course. Learn the best practices for keeping yourself at the center of your accommodation requests.


Accommodation Letter Template

Accommodation Letter Template

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After reading the article, “Participate in Your Accommodations,” your job is to write an accommodation letter which is true to yourself. Download the accommodation letter template, and use it as a starting point for writing your own class-specific accommodation letters.


How to Request Materials from Your Professor

How to Request Materials from Your Professor

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Accommodation requests and in-person meetings are just the beginning of a dialogue you and your instructor will have throughout the semester.  Download this email template and use it to request instructor-created materials and to remind your instructors to address your learning needs.


Pulling it Together

Pulling it Together

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Now that you’ve read about ways to successfully communicate with your professors, use these questions to apply the information from this curricular area to your college experience.