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Helping Students Balance Stress
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(4) Supporting expanding student networks and providing
professional development opportunities
One of the most effective ways to support students’
academic and professional interests is to give them exposure
to professional activities and important people in your field.
For example, introduce them and promote their work to
colleagues at conferences and other professional gatherings.
Encourage your students to attend and present at
conferences, and help them obtain the financial resources
they’ll need to do so. You can give ongoing support to your
students’ professional development by reviewing their grant
writing, research projects, TA duties, guest lectures in your
classes or job market preparation.
(5) Valuing students’ decisions, priorities, and need for
balance
When you set expectations and timelines or assign tasks,
keep in mind that students have other priorities to juggle. It’s
important that students have time to keep their lives
balanced and healthy. Faculty should familiarize themselves
with your school’s policies on assistantships and the school’s
academic calendar, so that if questions arise about the
structure or duration of students’ work assignments, you can
provide information.
(6) Familiarizing students with graduate school and
academia
Another way to assist students is to familiarize them with the
practices of the field and discipline and helping them