Basic Training
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Tips for working with students

  • Greet students by name in a positive and friendly manner.
  • Explain what you can do to help students.
  • Be interested in students and know them as unique individuals.
  • Permit students to make their own decisions.
  • Attempt to establish a warm and open relationship with them.
  • Help them sort through their frustrations and uncertainties related to school.
  • Focus on their potential, not on their limitations.
  • Be interested in what they want, not what you want for them.
  • Challenge them to higher academic standards.
  • Explore obstacles to overcome to reach their goals.
  • Work together as a team, not as adversaries.
  • Respect their feelings and opinions.
  • Try to remember what it was like to be an undergraduate student.
  • Be patient.
  • Use all available resources when advising.
  • Follow up on commitments you make to them.
  • Ask colleagues for feedback.
  • Be a source of encouragement for my students.
  • Treat all equally, no matter their age, race, sex, orientation or religious preference.
  • Deal with problems creatively, not repetitively.