Small Changes, Large Rewards: How Individualized Emails Increase Classroom Performance

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Zoë Cohen, PhD, assistant professor, UA Department of Physiology, writes in the online higher education newspaper The EvoLLLution about how reaching out to struggling students can make a difference.

“No professor has ever cared about me.” This was a sentence in an email I received from a struggling student in my Physiology of the Immune System course, an upper-division elective course in the Physiology Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

As teachers, we tend to gravitate towards the students who seem engaged, who are interactive, who are interested in what we’re talking about. The ones who struggle are often forgotten, hiding in large classes, rarely adding to the conversation.

So, how do we engage these students, who can make up a significant fraction of the student (or classroom) population? Show them we care! Read the rest of the article.

Dr. Cohen was also featured in the August 9, 2018 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, "How One Email from You Could Help Students Succeed."