U.S. Classroom Guidelines
Compared to classrooms in other countries, U.S. classrooms tend to be informal. Remember however, that there are some very important basic rules observed in U.S. classrooms.
- Arrive on time for class! Professors do not take tardiness lightly.
- American classrooms are often informal and the teacher may even sit on the desk sometimes.
- Talking to other students or surfing the internet is not considered polite in a lecture class.
- A sense of competition underlies the informality of classes.
- You should expect several quizzes or short tests.
- Professors make evaluations throughout the semester. Final grades are not simply determined by your score on the final exam.
- If you wish to record the lecture of a class, first ask the professor for his/her permission.
- Be aware of the strict rules against plagiarism at Indiana Tech (see the next page for additional information)
Prepare for Class
- Remember to go to class prepared. Do your homework and required readings before class.
- Do assignments exactly as the professor asks. Follow his or her directions and ask questions if you do not understand.
- Assignments, tests, and quizzes are usually listed in the course syllabus.
- It is your responsibility to follow the course syllabus when assignments are due.
- Hand in all assignments on time throughout the semester.
- Be on time to class and appointments.
- If you are late to class, enter quietly and go to your seat. Do not walk up to the professor until after class.
- If you know that you will be late or absent, inform the professor ahead of time by email.
- When you miss a class, ask the professor or a classmate for the assignments and notes.
- Do not be afraid to voice opinions that are different from that of your professor or classmates.
- Voicing a well-informed opinion is important to overall academic evaluation.
- Respect other people’s opinions and expect to be respected for yours.
- Class participation includes going to class, answering questions and working with classmates.
- It is appropriate to ask questions in class.
- Raise your hand and wait for the professor to recognize you before you speak.
- Communicate immediately with professors about any issues related to the material or personal issues that may inhibit course performance.
- Professors are available outside of the classroom during their “office hours”.