Many people make the mistake of going into meetings unprepared with no clear plan. Prepare ahead of time and plan what you will say by making notes to take with you.
Identify your supporters – who do you trust and feel comfortable talking to? Meeting with your instructors to discuss issues such as unfair treatment or with the university under such circumstances as an academic grade appeal tribunal can be stressful so it’s important to have people you can turn to for help.
Role-playing is a great way to prepare. Ask trusted friends to give you feedback. By anticipating different situations, you can raise your level of confidence.
Confirm the date, time, location and who will be at the meeting with your point of contact. Be sure you know exactly where the location is – room numbering in some areas and of the campus do not follow a logical order.
Be sure you know what time you need to leave and get to the meeting a few minutes early – be prepared for any potential traffic issues along the way. Pack everything you need to take with you, or at least have a list to use, before you leave to make sure you have all you need.
Most importantly, ask yourself what the purpose of this meeting is. Be clear in your own mind why you are going into this meeting and what outcome you’re hoping to achieve, which will help keep your meeting on track.
If at anytime through the process you require assistance, please contact the CSU.