Guide to Office Hours
Office Hours – also known as Student Hours or Open Hours – is the name for a set aside time when professors and teaching assistants (TA) keep their schedule clear to focus on any questions students have about the course and the way it connects with their interests and goals. Office Hours can be made by appointment, where you schedule a specific time to speak with your professor or TA, or they can function in a more drop-in where you simply show up whenever within the given time frame. You can usually find more information about the structure of Office Hours for your particular class on the class syllabus on your class Canvas page.
Make a commitment to go!
Overall, Office Hours are a great opportunity for both your academic and personal goals. While it can seem daunting to meet with a person who teaches you, know that your professors and TAs are there to support you and you are deserving of their time and expertise to help you as you need! Plus, many professors actively want their students to come to their Office Hours to connect with students and get useful insights from the student perspective. Office Hours are a mutually beneficial resource for all!