As a professor myself, I can relate to an article in Forbes magazine pertaining how a new report suggests college students are studying more.
I give my students "office hours" though I make myself available at odd times. First-year students whom the college experience can remain a mystery, I find it very encouraging to see the study that underscores the importance of engagement and coaching with the first-year students which is what I provide myself and being there for my students as they need it the most and works greatly with student success.
The article states as by Michael T. Nietzel "First-year students’ interactions with faculty that Three types of first-year students’ interactions with faculty have showed notable positive trends: talking about career plans, discussing course topics outside of class, and working with faculty on activities other than coursework. The portion of first-year students who interacted frequently (“very often” or “often”) in each of these areas increased by more than 10 percentage points between 2004 and 2019. It appears that faculty who teach first-year course are taking more time to have meaningful conversations with students outside of the classroom, and students are reciprocating. This form of engagement has been found to help socialize new students and promote their persistence in school."
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