Students Don't Seek Help - Enhancing Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Step 2: Identify Reasons

Identify possible reasons for the problem you have selected.
To find the most effective strategies, select the reason that best describes your situation, keeping in mind there may be multiple relevant reasons.

Student’s don’t seek help when they need it.

Students overestimate their understanding and ability.

Students do not recognize early enough that they need help.

Students may perceive you as unapproachable.

Students don’t know that resources are available.

Students are seeking help that is not working.

Students’ personalities may inhibit them from seeking help.

Students’ culture shapes their help-seeking behavior.

Students are unable to seek help for psychological or medical reasons.

Students have made a strategic decision about their performance.

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