b'(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 theyll 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. Its important that students have time to keep their lives balanced and healthy. Faculty should familiarize themselves with your schools policies on assistantships and the schools 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 themHelping Students Balance Stress80'