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Questions tagged [office-hours]

Questions related to the time educators are available to students for one-on-one interactions, hours in the office (outside of the classroom).

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What to tell students who want to know how to succeed in your class

Setting is math in the US. It's quite common for a student who is not doing super well or is worried that they might not be to approach me and ask how they should be studying/what they should be ...
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What are strategies for handling multiple students visiting office hours?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. I hold a scheduled office hour every weekday, plus additional hours near exams. Office hours are a ...
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Saying no to student requests for excessive appointments and help solving homework

I am relatively new to teaching University undergraduate classes in mathematics. One of the harder things I've had to do is to say 'no'. To somehow respectfully deny a student what they're asking for. ...
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What is the best way to schedule an office hour appointment with big name professor?

What is the best way to schedule an office hour appointment with big-name professor? Directly email him. Email his secretary, asking for an appointment. Talk in person causally first and ask his ...
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How do I politely decline student requests to meet during my “research time?”

I'm a young (female) professor in a (U.S.) department with a small graduate program and a research expectation. I usually teach Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and try to save Tuesday and Thursday for ...
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Is it frowned upon to go to office hours as a graduate student?

I'm a graduate student (PhD, first year) in physics, and there have been a few times where I just can't figure out something regarding the material/subject of the class. Normally I just tell myself ...
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In American universities, do teaching assistants and adjuncts get paid for holding office hours?

I'm reading a contract for my teaching assignments this semester, and it seems that my office hours weren't counted as "contact hours". Should I be getting paid for the hours that I hold office ...
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Limits on one student using all of one's office hours?

I generally don't have a lot of business in my dedicated office hours, but then sometimes I get a needy student who wants to use all of them -- every minute, of every day, in which I hold them. It ...
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Is it good to mention in a recommendation letter that a student always attends office hours? What kind of impression does this make?

I'm writing a letter of recommendation for a student in my class who always came to my office hours. Is it good to say he attended a lot of office hours? Will this make the admissions committee ...
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Is it acceptable to ask an unknown professor outside my dept for help in a related field during his office hours?

Would a professor find it strange or be irritated if an unknown student asks him a question during his office hours that is related to his field but either is or isn't related to any class he is ...
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How are office hours for PhD classes different from office hours for undergraduate classes?

I plan on attending office hours this week for a PhD class (in math, to be specific). This would be at a U.S. university, at a strong math department. My question is: are the expectations different ...
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Changing office hours by student request

Usually, I poll my students at the beginning of the semester and voluntarily tweak my office hours if someone can't come to any of them (or offer office hours by appointment when appropriate). So I ...
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Will I look bad if I'm never in my office as a graduate student?

I just checked out my office. It looks like a dungeon. There are no windows. It is kind of cramped. Everything looks kind of industrial. I don't think I would like to study/work there. There are other ...
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Female students coming to office hours in overly revealing clothing

[because this is potentially relevant, I'm a 37 y/o male] Being the end of the semester, I've had a bunch of students come to my office hours to ask questions about things I'm responsible for. Among ...
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Effective ways of encouraging “weak” students to make use of office hours

I find that a not-so-insignificant number of my students could benefit from coming to talk with me during office hours about homework assignments, their exam preparations, etc., and I'm looking for ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a professor for advice regarding a subject not taught in, but related to their class?

I'm having a hard time understanding some concepts not explicitly taught in a course I took recently, but quite related nonetheless. I'm wondering if it's okay to e-mail the professor who taught this ...
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Would it be a good idea to ask professor about academic standing relative to other students?

I'd like to know my academic standing relative to other students. This information would help me with: allocating my time and effort between classes deciding whether to take a follow up course ...
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Student wants to show everybody how much he knows

I have read this question, where the OP asked how to handle silly questions. In the excellent answer of Irwin, the 6th point attracted my attention: If it's a matter of the student talking on and ...
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Students staying hours past end of office hours

Background: I am a fourth year math graduate student working as a TA for an introduction to proofs course with a focus on analysis. I really enjoy the teaching component of my position as a graduate ...
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Can I call a professor to ask for a letter of recommendation if I can't show up in person?

I am applying for a PhD. There is a professor at my undergraduate institution I would like to ask for a LOR. I emailed him, but after a full week he has not replied. From this I can infer that either ...
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Asking for “more” during office hours?

In some good classes I've had, I've gone to office hours not because I'm confused, but because I just want "more". I like the teacher and just want to listen to them talk about whatever, even if it's ...
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What to do with students coming to office hours asking to check their homework?

As a TA, how to handle the situation where a student comes to office hours asking to check their homework? I.e. the student hands in their solution to the homework and ask the TA to check for any ...
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How to select dates and times of office hours for the benefit of students and instructors?

Office hours can be selected at any time, but how they can be selected to benefit all? The students to ask the instructors and the instructors to have some time to conduct research? Before a class or ...
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Is there any system that enables online office hours?

Can anyone comment on their own implementation of online office hours, ideally with the following characteristics: Free. (I'm happy to install software on my own server if needed) Allows for live ...
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How to deal with a professor skipping his office hours?

As a preface, this is a related question but it is from a different perspective. I am an undergraduate student in physics and have a professor that routinely ignores his own office hours. He has ...
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How to prevent too many students from making appointments to meet with you when you put “Office Hours: …, or by appointment” on the syllabus?

In the past I have included the following statement on my syllabus: Office Hours: Mon 1-2pm, Weds 3-5pm, or by appointment However, I am beginning to get too many requests for appointments. ...
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What should I do if a professor says she doesn't understand my questions in office hours?

I am having difficulties in math, and every time I try to go to my math professor's office hours she always seems annoyed. When I ask her a question she always says something to the effect "I don't ...
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Booking websites for student consults [duplicate]

Apologies if this has been asked. I've been searching the website to find a comment on a post I read about online scheduling systems. I'm looking for a free online system that will enable students to ...
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How much time should be allocated to supervising undergraduate researchers?

I recently asked this question about how many office hours per week are common for undergraduate lecturers but then I just read this one about supervising research done by undergrads. This got me ...
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How many “office hours” are common (or standard) for full-time lecturers?

In situations where one teaches purely undergraduate students (20 hours per week, 16 weeks per semester, 2 semesters per year) how many hours per week, and how many weeks per year, are people normally ...
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Should I cancel / alter office hours for committee meetings?

My contract requires that I maintain a certain number of office hours a week where I am available to meet with students. In practice this time is rarely entirely taken up by student meetings however. ...
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Is it bad etiquette to come to office hours that aren't for your particular class?

I study mathematics at a large state university. My professors sometimes teach two courses in a given semester, usually two undergraduate or one undergraduate, one graduate course. Typically they hold ...