Overarching Expectations of Students in Food Science Classes and Laboratories
- Attend all of your classes.
- Be on time to class.
- Read the course syllabus and know all policies, requirements, and deadlines for the course.
- Come to class prepared and ready to participate: have assignments completed ahead of time, and bring all supplies needed for the class/lab (pens, paper, text books, notes packets, lab books, lab coats, etc.).
- Take good notes. Learn how to improve your note-taking skills. Your instructor expects you to take good notes and will hold you responsible for doing so.
- Listen, question, and respond in class. Participate in class discussions and activities.
- Pay attention. Turn off your cell phone. Put your phone, computer, and newspaper away.
- Meet the requirements and deadlines established by the instructor.
- Study: study early, study often. Assess and improve your study habits.
- Read the book; Read the lab and class handouts; Read your notes.
- Plan on three hours of study time for every hour in class.
- Make academic responsibilities a priority in your life.
- Plan ahead and manage your time well.
- Speak English in class and laboratory activities.
- Ask good, relevant questions.
- Address your course instructors with respect. They have all earned Ph.D. degrees and should therefore be called Dr.
- Work to understand the class topics, not just memorize them. Improve your critical thinking skills.
- Do your best, each and every time.
- Turn in assignments on time, each and every time. Be sure to staple assignments and put your name and other required information on the front. Turn in neat and clear assignments. Many instructors prefer that you type your assignments if possible.
- Improve your writing and communication skills.
- Take advantage of office hours. Talk to the instructor and ask questions.
- Learn how to use the library system, how to find scientifically sound information, and how to cite references in support of scientific information.
- When communicating by e-mail, write the course number in the title of the message. Use professional and polite writing etiquette. Be sure to include your name.
- For situations that require immediate attention and/or affect your grade in the course, make an appointment to speak with your professor in addition to sending an e-mail if, for example:
- You are going to be missing class for an extended period of time.
- You are going to be missing an exam.
- You have more than two finals in one day and would like to request an alternative exam time.
- At the end of the semester, provide constructive comments on course evaluations. Don’t just say the course was good or bad, but instead identify specific examples of why you felt the course was good or bad.
- Don’t cheat: Ever! Is a grade in one class (or one assignment) worth jeopardizing your entire career?
- Don’t forget to turn off your cell phone and put away your computer.
- Don’t talk, text, read the paper or do crossword puzzles, or otherwise disrupt the classroom.
- Don’t sleep in the classroom.
- Don’t leave the classroom during class unless absolutely necessary.
- Don’t skip class.
- Don’t get behind in assignments, reading, or studying.
- Don’t be afraid of asking a “dumb” question or making a mistake; most of us learn more from our mistakes than our successes!
- However, the following questions are likely to annoy your instructor and should be avoided:
- Is this material going to be on the exam?
- Can I turn in my homework late?
- What are we doing in lab today?
- Will lab/class take the entire time today?
- Can we move the date of the exam (or final)?
- Are we going to have class on the day before a holiday break?
- Don’t leave your questions about the course content until the day before the exam.
- Don’t procrastinate in asking questions. E-mailing your course instructor with questions the night before an assignment/lab report/exam will not guarantee that your questions will be addressed before the exam or assignment/lab report due date.