Listen to your students before giving out advice when they ask for guidance, even if they’re considering doing something you disagree with.

  • Ensure you understand and respect where students are coming from before offering them guidance.
  • It’s really important to understand where your students are coming from, this will help you give them better feedback and show how much you respect them.
  • Focus on asking questions rather than making recommendations.
    • This is particularly helpful when you can’t imagine someone making the decision your student is contending with.
    • For instance, sometimes a student will consider taking a job for reason they’re too embarrassed to say, like thinking it’s the only job offer they’ll get.
      • It’s helpful to ask questions about how different things are factoring into their decision process so you can give your students really tailored guidance.

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