Here are 10 simple ways that you can start promoting student success in YOUR classroom.

  1. Show a genuine interest in your students – Learn their names and how to pronounce them
  2. Create an inclusive learning community – Incorporate a statement in your syllabus that sets a tone for respect. Here are several examples: Syllabus Statements
  3. Incorporate active learning activities in your class. Consider pairing activities such as “think, pair, share”. Students learn from each other.
  4. Clearly communicate what the students will learn from your course (student learning outcomes)
  5. Make sure assignments, tests, projects,… are meaningful and directly linked to the course student learning outcomes
  6. Provide opportunities for students to receive feedback on their performance early in the course. This can be done with assignments, clicker questions, online quizzes, …
  7. Encourage students to be a support for each other – ex: have them exchange contact info with those they sit near
  8. Be accessible outside the classroom (by appointment, during office hours,virtual office hours, come early and also hang around after class).
  9. Direct students to campus resources such as the Office of Academic Enrichment, Center for Counseling & Student Development, Writing Center or Math tutoring. Help them before they are truly struggling.
  10. Use the UD online syllabus template to help communicate all of the above!


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