In our family university was never spoken about before … and now, it’s “Oh what are you going to do? Are you going to leave school, are you going to go to uni?”

Teaching and Supporting Enabling Learners

Managing Student Fears


  • Let students know you are there to help them

    eg. by flagging times when you are available.

    Some Student Comments

      At the moment, I feel a little bit awkward just because I’m only new. I know they’re there to help and I know there’s never such thing as a stupid question but I always worry. I have gone up to them; I feel weird putting up my hand at the moment and asking in front of everyone but I have been up to a few lecturers before and just said “Oh, just to confirm, what is this or what is that”?

      I think for me, the biggest problem is I often feel like I’m bothering people.

  • Some students fear speaking...

    ...for these students, have a dedicated space (email or blog) where students can write their concerns to you

    Some Student Comments

      Some students fear speaking - for these students, have a dedicated space (email or blog) where students can write their concerns to you

      I’ve always preferred email and text message over phone calls because I just feel like I sort of stumble and… like even now, I’m not really coherent but if I sat down and wrote everything that I was trying to say it would come across very clearly…

  • As many as 50% of enabling students consider giving up their program

    Take time in your course to 'top up' student motivation by presenting data on enabling student success from your course.

    Some Student Comments

      I think I am still dealing with obstacles. I considered leaving the program because] I felt like I was drowning and not smart enough to Continue.

      Yes I considered giving it up while writing my first essay I almost threw it in.

      Some people have self doubt about their ability to undergo study, they might think they would not do well, but I was one of those people, and I am passing!

  • Invite a student counselor to talk...

    ...about managing examination stress well before the exam period.

    Some Student Comments

      That was my fear. I am really bad at exams. My first round of exams are coming up so I’m very nervous about them.