When teaching students, it is imperative that we keep in mind that each student learns differently. These different learning styles can be broken down into the Visual/Graphic, Aural, Read/Write and Kinesthetic types. You can utilize the VARK Learning Assessment with your students to help identify their style. The QR code below will take you directly to this site. Keeping these styles in mind as you present information to your students can help eliminate any unnecessary conflicts or struggles.
VARK Learning Assessment
Once you know how your student learns best, you can provide feedback in a more effective manner. It all comes down to how the student best understands information and communicates.
When supervising students, preceptors are also responsible for creating a judgement-free learning environment. Learning should be done without the fear of being made fun of or judged. We need to make sure students understand that mistakes will be made, but the learning that follows is what it important. Following mistakes, discuss how things could have been managed differently. You can also incorporate these situations into planned learning situations to evaluate for improvement and learning.
Another way to help students effectively learn in a judgement-free way is to give advanced notice to your athletes/patients that your students are still learning and to respect that while they are working together. Also, discuss with your patients and coaches the role of the students prior to the rotations starting.
A few ways to effectively incorporate students include:
- Include/introduce student in medical timeouts and staff meetings
- Have students introduce themselves to coaches, admin, and athletes when starting new rotation
- Build on this and have students practice communicating modifications and other patient updates to coaches.