Some may call this “brown-nosing.” Those in-the-know call it a “smart move.” Your professors see hundreds, maybe even thousands of students in their lifetime. Most of the time their students are just taking the course because it is a requirement, not because they’re interested. If you want to stand out, stop by and say hello. They won’t give you an “A” just for doing so, but they may give you some helpful tips for their course. It’s a great way to build an academic relationship. Don’t be shy about needing help or having your questions answered either.