Students from India

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.

Classroom Atmosphere

  • 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.

Timeliness

  • 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.

Speak Up

  • 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.

Any Questions?

  • 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”.