Working with Students One-on-One

Peter Sachs Collopy, CTL Graduate Fellow, History and Sociology of Science

Wednesday, October 15 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Meeting with students one-on-one offers a chance to expand your teaching beyond what you can do in the classroom. You can learn more about who your students are and how they’re doing in your course, help students who are struggling with key concepts or skills, and provide a space for students to engage more deeply with the fundamental methods of your discipline. Just as one-on-one meetings offer unique opportunities, they also require unique pedagogical skills. How do you ensure that your students feel comfortable asking you for help? How do you figure out what your students really need from you? How do you decide what to say to the student in front of you, and what do you do if the conversation becomes frustrating, tense, or just plain awkward? How do you help struggling students improve without answering their problem sets or writing their papers for them? In this workshop, we’ll address these questions and discuss strategies that will help you get the most out of office hours and other one-on-one meetings.