Provide Constructive and Supportive Feedback
- Students need your timely and forthright assessment of their work. You should avoid assuming that students know what you think of their work.
- Tempering criticism with praise when it is deserved will help remind students that your high standards are intended to help them improve.
- Some mentors make the assumption that students who fall behind in their work lack commitment. Rather, they may be exhausted, unclear about what they need to do next, experiencing difficulties with resources, or running into problems with collaborators. An understanding of their perspective is a constructive approach.
- Address any issues about a student’s ability to progress in a timely manner.