Credits & Grades
Finding A Program
Compared to classrooms in many countries, United States'
classrooms tend to be informal. There are some very important basic rules:
- Arrive on time for class.
- Do your homework. Most courses require at least two hours of work outside the classroom for
every hour spent in class.
- Review your notes from the previous lecture and reading for the day.
Ask for help if you don't understand something. Professors keep office hours
for the purpose of assisting students, and it is not considered to be a loss of
face to admit confusion. Talk to your professor about any problems before class.
- Don't monopolize the professor's time in class. They may be available later
to discuss your questions and constantly asking questions in class can sometimes
make you come across as "teacher's pet."
- Avoid getting distracted. Don't fidget, daydream,
look around the room, talk, pass notes, or sleep.
- Treat your professor with the respect. If they are a Dr. they earned that
title, use it.
- American professors expect their students to ask questions and use critical
reasoning. Class participation is important.