Get to know and engage your students
‘I think there needs to be acknowledgement of how difficult it is if you’re a first in family or coming from a background where you didn’t necessarily expect to be at uni but here you are … I think that needs to be consciously and clearly articulated and normalised. Not just, “Oh hello. All the students here today, welcome to the university,” [and] not really engaging with the fact that they’re sitting there in that head space … You can do a three-minute presentation on imposter syndrome and just make fun of it … “If you experience this, don’t back out. This is normal. You’ll grow through it. You can adapt.” …[But] it needs to be said’.
Student quotation cited in Devlin & McKay (2017, p. 66)
Getting to know and engage your students will:
- cultivate connectedness
- help identify ‘at risk’ or vulnerable students
- enable you to provide targeted support or support referral.
Deakin Language and Learning Adviser