Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

How do I know when to reach out to a teacher to get support with class work?

5 Answers
Last Updated: 12/28/2021 at 6:53pm
1 Tip to Feel Better
Moderated by

Paola Giordani, Psychoanalyst

Licensed Psychoanalyst

I have helped and am helping people cope with loss, divorce, anguish and parenting. Depression is also a major issue that comes up.

Top Rated Answers
April 6th, 2020 7:13pm
If you are wondering about this and asking this question, then that is a good reason to reach out! It is always a good idea to try and get some support before you are really struggling. Your teacher is there to support you, whether you need a little help or a whole lot of help. See if you can meet with your teacher and let them know how exactly you need support with class work. Is it hard for you to understand the concepts? Does your work take you too long to complete? Are you worried about quizzes and tests? They will know how to help you move forward.
July 6th, 2020 5:43pm
Knowing when to reach out to a teacher to get support is difficult but the key thing to remember, especially when exams are coming up, is that the teachers are there to help you. In fact for many it's the entire reason they chose the profession. Knowing when to ask for help is something that I really struggled with. Eventually, I realised that for me the best time to ask for help is as soon as I didn't understand or was struggling with something. This is the best time to ask as the teacher's advice has the most impact. If you are feeling a bit nervous about asking for help then talk to your teacher after the lesson as most, if not all teachers, will be willing to help.
March 20th, 2021 5:00pm
Hello! I myself am a student, and I also work with students and have learned that reaching out to a teacher should be done when you start to feel like you are falling behind or unclear on anything at all. Teachers are there to help you and are there to make sure you are learning, so reaching out with any questions at all, and often is the best. Also reaching before you start to get overwhelmed. Another thing I have found really helpful is talking with a teacher in general can create a great working relationship with them, and can help it feel easier to reach out and get the support, and also help them get to know you and your needs even before you start to need support.
September 13th, 2021 8:42pm
First, I wanted to say that all the emotions you are feeling regarding your class work is valid and assignments can be hard at times. Know that there is nothing wrong with seeking help from a teacher in getting support with class work as it shows that you are actively wanting to improve and recognize your own limits which is super important. In general, a good rule of thumb in regards to reaching out is when you have tried to complete it for a day with little success or if you feel like you have tried all the resources that are available to you. It is also completely okay to reach out in the beginning if you feel that the work is difficult and get clarity earlier on, so that it could help you complete it.
December 28th, 2021 6:53pm
Personally, I think reaching out to a teacher for class work support can never go wrong. Teachers are there to help, and most of the time, they should be understanding and happy to work through things with you. If you feel like you are struggling in any way, have too much going on, or are getting overwhelmed, reaching out to a teacher can help alleviate some of that stress. Even if the teacher does not make major changes, just letting them know definitely makes a difference. You can try to find out whether your school has on site tutoring, peer mentoring, or other resources!