Office hours are scheduled times when students are able to meet with instructors and teaching assistants. This can provide an opportunity for students to ask for extra help, seek further clarification of material presented in class and follow up on aspects of the class they are interested in. In addition, students also discuss majors and programs of study, and graduation requirements, as well as summer internships, graduate schools and campus events
Office hours refer to non-mandatory meeting times between instructors and students. Learners are not required to attend, rather they decide for themselves when they choose to attend. Professors often announce their office hours in the first week of class or on an online course site.