Partnership in Education - How Can Volunteers Successfully Work with Students
1. Relax and be yourself. Students are quick to see any pretension.
2. Build support, introduce yourself and learn the student's name. Talk with the student about mutual interests and, above all, listen to what they have to say.
3. Genuine interest in, and personal concern for the student, are your greatest assets. Work to build a real relationship of confidence. Keep in mind that what you do sends a stronger message then what you say.
4. Have enough understanding of the student and sufficient knowledge of his/her background and culture so that you can not only understand him/her, but also understand what they have the potential to become.
5. Each student is different and learns at a different rate, in a different way. Be willing to start at the student's level.
6. One of your most important jobs is to build the student's self-image. If a student thinks he/she can do something - they can!
7. Have confidence in yourself. Learning is a long-range process; the student benefits from a well-planned activity or lesson even though you may not see the benefit.
8. Let the student know you are human, too. Don't be afraid to make and admit mistakes.
9. Students need encouragement, but never praise them falsely if you want them to trust what you say.
10. Get their attention and try to hold their interest.
11. Use varied materials and activities in teaching new skills.
12. End the school year or session with a successful experience or celebration for the student.
13. Share your experiences with the teachers to aid in planning for future activities.
14. Be aware that personal information about students you work with is considered confidential.
15. Provide positive feedback to parents and guardians, if you have an agreement with permission to contact them. A personal note about something you observed the student do successfully can enhance your role and build the student's self image.
Last Modified: June 11, 2013