Lecturing Lesson #3: Support your students

It is one of the most rewarding parts of teaching: supporting students and watching them grow. This may often mean going over and above the call of duty. It means caring more, spending more time with them and putting in more effort.

Support students when they:

  • Have exciting ideas that they want to try for their assignments.
  • Start businesses (e.g. follow their social media pages, buy their stuff)
  • Apply for programs and opportunities (be their reference and write them a reference letter)
  • Are struggling with coursework

Support them proactively by sending them opportunities, such as jobs and competitions and scholarships. Introduce them to people who might be helpful in advancing their careers.

This doesn’t have to be done at great personal cost. And it doesn’t have to be done all the time. Sometimes it’s a 5min chat after a lecture or even just an email with a link.

The difference is that, in doing this, you become more than just a person that delivers content. You bring opportunities to life and help them on their path to success.

And that’s one of the most important things about teaching. The students have not come to you just to learn dull theories. They signed up for degrees to improve their chances of success in the world.

Be someone who helps them succeed.

 


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