Difficulty prioritizing work


  1. Check lists can be very helpful for the student. Create a daily routine of tasks with specific times for doing those tasks. This can help with prioritizing work.
  2. Suggest that the student write down instructions in a notebook. This tool can be used for questions they want to ask as well as other information that will assist them.
  3. Most of our students do well with tasks that are done routinely. Try to provide opportunities for repetition and review of instructions.
  4. Feedback is an important part of their learning. Look for opportunity to praise even small steps of improvement. When giving feedback be specific and clear about what you are praising.
  5. Constructive feedback is just as important as positive in the learning process. Avoid letting minor issue escalate into major ones. Be specific and clear about the issue at hand.
  6. Always begin with a positive statement before giving critical feedback.
  7. When making suggestions for a change in behavior or performance, be aware of your body language and make a request rather than a command.
  8. Explain to the student what happens if the work they perform is not done accurately or if they don’t follow your instruction closely. Also include why it is important to complete the task and how this relates to the departments productivity.
  9. Establish a routine so that the student knows what he or she is supposed to do. Some supervisors provide a folder for work that “needs to be done”.
  10. Maintain ongoing communication with the Internship Coordinator via the routine visits, e-mail and telephone calls to insure that questions or problems can be addressed as soon as they arise.

Last Modified: 7/27/18