Advice: Revamping Office Hours

Are your office hours dragging? Do they feel like a waste of time? Or maybe they’re just lagging this semester? Take a look at how you can make office hours more valuable and productive for both you and your students.

 

  • Student Centered Office Hours by Janet Burroway. While focused on creative writing students, Burroway offers valuable questions we can all use to get students talking during office hours. 

 

  • Opening Up Office Hours by Molly E. Ubbesen. A refreshing look at how we can make office hours more inviting to students who might not see the value in one-on-one conversations.

 

  • The Office Challenge by Hannah Green. Students who visit you during office hours once are more likely to come again, and here’s a way to get them through the door at least once during the semester.  

 

  • And, if you’re curious about what other offices look like in academia, view our Offices of Academia section.

 

 

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Teaching Assistant at University of Illinois at Chicago |

Hannah Green is a PhD student in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While a creative writer by nature, she’s a teacher at heart and enjoys teaching writing in all its forms including composition, professional, technical, and creative writing. Her research interests include the place of the asylum in narratives of mental illness, the literature of Southern Africa, and oral storytelling. Her creative writing appears both in print and online in places such as The Rumpus, PANK, and McSweeney's. Hannah is also the Editor-in-Chief of During Office Hours.

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