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The best thing to do is as simple as going to their office hours, talk to them about your interests and see if they have any advice to offer.
Hello, I am an adjunct maths professor at our local community college. Here are a few things that I respect in a student.
1. Be punctual when attending class. Students get recognized in perhaps the wrong way when they are consistently late for class.
2. Ask questions that show you are focusing on the "big picture". For example, if taking pre-calculus, ask why finding all the roots of a polynomial is important.
3. Make an effort to answer all homework questions, even if you don't feel have mastered a topic. Be sure to read the graded homework, looking for help from your professor.
4. Sit near the front of the classroom so that the professor doesn't have to strain her voice to be heard. Sitting as close as possible to the door tells the professor that you are not interested and are eager to leave as soon as the class is over.
These are a few practical suggestions, but one more that outweighs the other: Prepare for class as if you are going to teach it. This was cause you to attempt to MASTER a topic, rather than just know a way to muddle through the homework.
Hope this helps, and best wishes for your success.
Adjunct Professor, Maths and Computer Science
Truckee Meadows Community College