Guidelines for Working with Students
Guidelines for working with students
- Know as many students as you possibly can and know them well. Little is done without
this individual relationship.
- Treat each student with the dignity and respect that you would like for yourself.
- Deal with the important and relevant aspects of you position. Avoid getting burned
out by dealing with petty differences.
- Be honest with yourself and others. It does no good to tell students what you think
they want to hear.
- Understand that you work more by persuasion and the power of your personality than
any amount of formal authority.
- Be available - there is no such thing as a "standard work day". The job is time-consuming
and restrictive - but rewarding.
- Realize that your position is at best nondescript. No job description or cookbook
will ever substitute for intelligence, common sense, and the qualities which led to
- Help your organization become increasingly more self-sufficient and less reliant on
- Never underestimate the power of your influence on a student. Your conduct and conversations
are a model for others.
- Clarify your role in the organization with the members in order to set expectations.
- Avoid becoming over-controlling in the organization's matters. Strike a balance between
being too involved and too passive. Remember - the organization is for the students,
and decisions should be made by the students.
- Be patient in the growth and developmental processes of students. It might seem easier
to provide solutions and results quickly, but ask yourself how membership in the organization
will augment the students' education.