However, you’ve got to remember that your teachers are just people too, most of whom would love to get to know their students, aka you.
Here are some tips for getting to know your professors:
For starters, you’ll want to try and say “hi” to your professor. Go with a friend after lecture one day and introduce yourself so your professor will at least have an idea of who you are in the class. Professors will appreciate your attempt to get to know them and will often remember you if you come back again.
Go to your professor’s office hours. Aside from getting one-on-one attention from your teacher, you can further give a good impression of yourself. As you start to go more often, try making small talk with the professor about topics in the class; hopefully, you’ll get professors like the ones I’ve had who will go on and on talking to you and make you forget that you have a class in the next hour.
If you can’t make it to office hours, email your professor and make an appointment with them; they will probably be more than willing to schedule you in.
Try to get to “know” your teacher beyond academics. If they want you to, they will let you in. You can find out the most interesting stories about your professors! For example, I found out that one of my professors went to Stanford and played tennis against John MacEnroe.
Pretty cool, right?
Just be kind and attentive, and you can find the person behind the professor.
Warning: As great as it is to get to know your professors, be careful not to annoy them! Most professors are outgoing, but there are some that are only into their studies; if you feel like they are not into getting to know you, don’t push it. Just be kind, and don’t overstep your boundaries.
Check out this video for some student takes on meeting your professors: