Q: Why did you ignore my email?
A: Because a cursory scan of the material on this site would yield the answer.
Q: How much time outside of class should I be devoting to this course?
A: Well, assuming your university “work week” is 40 hours split up over 5 courses with 4 hours of class time each, you’re left with 4 hours of independent study time per course. So you should be spending at least as much time studying independently as you do sitting in class.
Q: Is <topic x> on the test?
A: If I covered <topic x> in class, then maybe. If I didn’t cover <topic x> in class, then it won’t be.
Q: Are there going to be proofs/theory questions on the test?
A: If I devoted class time to a piece of “theory”, then you’re expected to learn it and be able to discuss it intelligently on a test.
Q: My grade in the course is <grade x>, but for my program I need to get at least <grade y> (y>x). Can you arbitrarily raise my grade?
A: No. (Grades are not up for negotiation. You should worry about your grade during the course, not after the final.)
Q: My grade in the course is <grade x>, but for my program I need to get at least <grade y> (y>x). Can you assign me extra credit work to raise my grade?
A: No. (See above.)
Q: Because of <university sanctioned extra-curricular activity x>, I won’t be able to make the exam. What do I do?
A: If you inform me well in advance, we’ll work something out.
Q: I’m sick and can’t make the midterm. What do I do?
A: If you email me to let me know, and subsequently bring a doctor’s note, we’ll work something out.
Q: Because of <event x the day before the assignment due date>, I couldn’t finish my assignment. Can I have an extension?
A: No. Don’t leave your work till the last minute.
Q: Why were you unwilling to answer my questions during your office hours?
A: I concluded that you came to me before putting sufficient thought into the issue yourself.
Tip: Inquiries should not start with “I’m lost” or “Can you re-explain <topic x> to me?” Make your questions specific. Exactly where did you get lost? What aspect of <topic x> is mysterious?