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What Every Preceptor Should Know

  1. Communication. Meet with the professor before the course begins to establish expectations, responsibilities, and roles for the semester. Continue to meet with the professor on a regular (weekly) basis to talk about your role, ideas you may have, and the progress of the class.
  2. Establish your role in the class with the students. From the beginning of the semester, let students know what your will be in and out of the classroom and what you can expect from each other.
  3.  Establish boundaries. You and the professor need to state clearly to students that your time and private space should be respected. Establish clear times and places to meet with students (e.g., be careful about meeting students in living spaces; be clear about appropriate times to request meetings or contact you).
  4. Establish rapport. Try to find ways to get to know the students in the class as soon as possible. You can have students meet with you for an assignment, working with them in class, sponsoring an activity outside class (such as a movie night), or during activities at orientation.
  5. Be proactive. Don’t be afraid to suggest ideas to the professor about how you think you can contribute to the class.
  6. This is work. Precepting takes the time of a full class. Preceptors generally attend all the classes as well work with the students and professor outside the class. Much of the satisfaction of precepting comes from being able to spend time with the students and professor. Be careful not to be overcommitted during the semester you precept. Preceptors should talk with the professor if they are thinking about precepting as a fifth class.