THINGS I WISH I KNEW AS A STUDENT

Soft skills and other tips for student success

The behaviours of professors might seem peculiar and frightening at times, but they are largely understandable and easily managed. Although the suggestions I’ve put together appear to be obvious, simplistic, or even stupid, for the most part, I was ignorant of them in my youth. I have many regrets, which I will not elaborate upon [he looks forlornly out the window]. My compendium is not terribly systematic or comprehensive. Nor will my suggestions work in all situations. But at the very least, they work on me.

Get to know your professors

early

Eventually you’ll need letters of recommendation or want to work individually with a professor. I cover this in the “Getting into graduate school” section. This advice is still useful even if you don’t want to go to grad school.

Communicating with a

professor

Your style of communicating matters. Forms of address matter. Subject lines matter. Craft your e-mails with thought and professionalism.

Getting help from professors

“Back in my day….”  You’ve probably heard your parents preface a sentence like this before telling you that you’re lazy and entitled. Although you might not hear professors say it, rightly or wrongly, they’re thinking it. Before asking for help from a prof, make sure to do these things first.
Greg A. Chung-Yan, PhD Industrial-Organizational Psychology
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Getting into graduate school

If you have dreams of some day getting a Master’s degree or PhD, you need to go to grad school. That takes more than good grades. Early preparation is key.
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The Department’s hierarchy

It’s not always clear who to go to for help or guidance in the Department of Psychology. It is a large, complex system composed of both graduate and undergraduate programs, and requiring a sizeable number of administrators- -many of whom are faculty--to run. I attempt to break it down for you.

THINGS I WISH

I KNEW AS A

STUDENT

Soft skills and other

tips for student

success

The behaviours of professors might seem peculiar and frightening at times, but they are largely understandable and easily managed. Although the suggestions I’ve put together appear to be obvious, simplistic, or even stupid, for the most part, I was ignorant of them in my youth. I have many regrets, which I will not elaborate upon [he looks forlornly out the window]. My compendium is not terribly systematic or comprehensive. Nor will my suggestions work in all situations. But at the very least, they work on me.

Get to know your

professors early

Eventually you’ll need letters of recommendation or want to work individually with a professor. I cover this in the “Getting into graduate school” section. This advice is still useful even if you don’t want to go to grad school.

Communicating with a

professor

Your style of communicating matters. Forms of address matter. Subject lines matter. Craft your e-mails with thought and professionalism.

Getting help from

professors

“Back in my day….”  You’ve probably heard your parents preface a sentence like this before telling you that you’re lazy and entitled. Although you might not hear professors say it, rightly or wrongly, they’re thinking it. Before asking for help from a prof, make sure to do these things first.
Greg A. Chung-Yan Industrial/ Organizational Psychology