My friend in my lab gave me an excellent tip on how to enhance your teaching and your relationship with your students that I would love to share with you guys. Very simple, just give out a mid-semester survey (open ended questions about your teaching methods, as well as their studying habits). Of course tell them it is anonymous and that you need them to be honest so that you can improve your teaching and to give them advice on how to enhance their performance in class. When I gave it out about two weeks ago, my students took 10 min to fill it out and then handed them in. They said it was a great idea. For a second there, I thought they were going to write negative things about the class or blame me for their ‘failure’. However, I was surprised to read the total opposite. The students will actually state what they like about your teaching and what you could do to make the class more interesting (mine was to add more videos – more than i normally do…), then they justify their comment. I loved that about them. It encouraged me a lot and made me aware that I have to change some ways. What was more interesting is that when I read the questions pertaining to their performance and what they could do better to improve. They were also very honest in that they specified the number of hours they study for the course (very low) and then they acknowledge that they have to work harder on their behalf because it is only fair. My average on my second exam was higher than the first (i’m not saying the survey caused it, there are many confounding variables to account for, but I’m saying that your teaching strategies can improve and their studying habits might change). I found this to be a good experience. I learned a lot from it.