Quick Tip: Reduce student stress, increase student retention

Before a semester begins, have a meeting with other faculty members that teach in your program of study and map out everyone’s due dates for projects, exams, and assignments. You may be surprised to see just how many student project due dates overlap during the same week or even the same day. A bottleneck of deadlines creates a huge amount of stress for students, which, in turn, affects retention. How often have we heard students say, “we have an exam, 3 projects and 2 presentations due all on the same day!”. This can easily be avoided if everyone knew each other’s due dates and exam schedules.

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