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Helping Students Balance Stress
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“I gradually ramp up complexity and use small steps to
convince my students that they can handle the material and
build their confidence.”
—Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
Suggestions
Create a Good Class Atmosphere
Here are some ways faculty members and TAs can support
student learning while reducing undue stress in the
classroom (from the Cornell University Center for Teaching
Excellence).
To encourage good classroom relationships and atmosphere:
call students by name, if possible
provide opportunities for and encourage student
participation and questions
make sure that comments or questions have been heard
by all
treat questions from students seriously, not as
interruptions
invite alternative or additional answers
involve a large proportion of the class
prevent or terminate discussion monopolies
demonstrate a rapport with students
let students know they are free not to respond
make it “safe” to speak and “safe” to be wrong