Know the material first, then know the professor. University, post-grad, or community college will affect their teaching styles. Opening up with that.
Confessing allows for higher cognitive protocol, and if confessing truth, it dissipates shame to see better clarification of higher psychic and moral process, which enables art and music. Dionysian substance. Etc.
"Confessions," is about integration. It is about harmony with, God, man, the community, and the cosmos, centered around the Christian idea or history of Christ, and the effects.
St. Augustine has more of an alive, and subjective view, which is extrapolated in Kierkegaard almost 1400 years later. It is the "I know because I believe," and this belief is embodied.
That being said, there is a boundaried distrust, built in to this line of pre-existential feel, and vibe, and resultant feeling-cognition, or belief. That one must bounce thee things off the Christian cosmos. And not be as influenced by peers, or bad social norms. This creates a hollow individualism. Where one sees Christ, observes the protocol of the creator, and generates knowledge from within.