Providing Learning Support for Students with Mental Health Difficulties Undertaking Fieldwork and Related Activities

Preparation and Communication

Give clear information in checklists

Checklists can be very helpful in helping to reduce anxiety. They should include comprehensive information and be available in a range of formats: delivered verbally, on paper and, if possible, on the Web, perhaps as a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

When writing your checklist, do not assume that students have any prior knowledge — give full details of everything relevant. Include a summary tick box check list of all equipment, books, clothing, money and documentation required, and include medicine and other essential personal items.

The section on Categories of logistic anxieties lists some of the topics that your checklist should cover. These are the familiar topics that your briefing material almost certainly includes. If you click the first topic in the list, transport and travel, we have suggested, as an example, the way in which you might present your briefing materials so as to help to allay student anxieties.

Don't aim for the 'average' student, aim for the 'anxious' student.

Page updated 14 December 2001

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