Don't be too afraid to mention it to a professor you like in case you are facing larger academic struggles.  He or she might have some ideas to help you out, might be able to connect you with resources on campus (like tutors or an academic support center), or just might give you a great pep talk that helps your refocus and recharge. Personal problems that are having an impact on your academics. It is still important for you to let them know about any personal problems you're facing that might be having an effect on your academics while professors aren't counselors. It might be helpful for your professor to know in case someone in your family is very sick, for example, or if you're financially struggling because of an unexpected change in financial status. Also it can be wise to mention these kinds of situations to your professor when they first appear instead of when they become a problem in addition to this. How current events connect with the course material. Many times, the material(s) covered in class are large theories and concepts that don't always seem like they connect to your day-to-day life. In reality, however, they often do.

More things to talk to your professor about

Feel free to talk with your professor about current events and how they might connect to what you're learning in class. Consider asking your professor for a letter of recommendation if you need one in case you're doing well in class and you think your professor likes and respects your work. When you are applying for certain types of internships or even graduate school or research opportunities, letters  of recommendation that have been written by professors can be especially helpful. Study tips. It can be all too easy to forget that professors were once undergraduate students, too. And just like you, they likely had to learn how to study at the college level.  Talk to your professor about what they'd recommend in case you are struggling with study skills. This can be an especially helpful and important conversation to have before an important midterm or final, too. He or she might simply not have the time even in case your professor wants to help you more. Consider, then, asking your professor about other academic support resources that you can use, like a specific upper-class or graduate-level student who's a great tutor or a great TA who offers extra study sessions. Your professor undoubtedly receives regular mailings and emails about scholarship opportunities for students interested in certain academic fields. Consequently, checking in with your professors about any scholarship opportunities they know about might easily result in some helpful leads that you might otherwise not find out about. Job opportunities. True, the career center and your own professional network can be your main sources of job leads. Make an appointment with your professor to talk generally about your job hopes or options as well as what connections your professor might know about. You never know what former students they still keep in touch with, what organizations they volunteer with, or what other connections they may have to offer.