Lack of independence


  1. Check lists can be very helpful for the student. Create a daily routine of tasks with specific times for doing those tasks. This facilitates independence and self-monitoring.
  2. It can be very beneficial to provide step by step directions verbally and in writing. This may be done in several ways such as drawings, signs, maps and color coding are just a few.
  3. Post written or graphic instructions in areas where the student can refer to them.
  4. Suggest that the student write down instructions in a notebook so that he or she can refer to notes rather than continually asking the supervisor.
  5. For projects that involve several steps, such as putting a packet of information together, provide the student with a finished sample that can be used as a model.
  6. 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.
  7. Always begin with a positive statement before giving critical feedback.
  8. Provide the student with a list of names, contact and department information with whom they will be working with.
  9. Schedule routine meeting with yourself and the student. This will provide an opportunity to discuss performance, ask questions and give feedback.
  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: 3/20/18