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First4Weeks: Week 2 Tips to Engage and Encourage Students

Update | Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The First4Weeks initiative is designed to leverage and expand on the great student success work we already have underway by implementing proven, research-based strategies that can be used by students, faculty, and College staff. The four categories of focus are:  

*Build Relationships and Connect
*Engage and Stay Encouraged
*Communicate, Celebrate, and Aspire
*Support and Collaborate

During the first four weeks of this semester, you’ll find helpful tips and links here to help students succeed in all four categories. For Autumn Semester, they are tailored for the remote/online environment. This week’s tips can help engage and encourage students inside and outside of the classroom.

Ideas for faculty
Encourage your students to meet with you one-on-one during your remote office hours or by scheduling a virtual meeting. Students are often reluctant to reach out for help – and research shows that is one of the top factors in students who don’t succeed in college. Let them know that you’re there to help, and let them know they can find information on office hours, or how to schedule a one-on-one meeting, in the course syllabus or your welcome message. 

Ideas for staff
Listen and let a student talk through a problem. Help them talk their way through to the solution that is best for them. 

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