b'(2) Approachability, availability, and regular check-ins with students It is important for graduate students to have someone they feel comfortable coming to for assistancesomeone who is invested in them and who cares about their well-being academically, professionally and personally.Although students are responsible to keep in touch with you, it helps to keep them accountable if you also stay in touch with them regularly. If students are struggling and know they dont have to see you for months, they may not make timely progress toward completing their degree. Here are some ideas to help you keep up good contact with your graduate students: Give mentees your undivided attention in meetings with them. Check in with mentees at least once a semester.Be friendly in the hallways and at extracurricular events.Invite students to stop by during office hours. (3) Familiarity with resources within and external to the department Provide students with, or help them find, the resources they need, whether those involve funding, equipment, psychological support or any other resource that will benefit them as students. You should be able to point your students in the right direction when a need arises. Helping Students Balance Stress79'