Chances are good that your student friends will not take the time to hang out with you during exam preparation times, but you can drop by their apartment to drop off a “care package.” Cookies, brownies, nuts, or something easily warmed up in a microwave would be most appreciated! You are just letting them know that you know it is a time of stress for them and that you care!
Praying for the student’s success might be something the Lord would use to draw the student to himself later. Specifically pray for memory recall, insight, depth of understanding of the material in the class, and awareness of nuances someone not from this culture might miss.
Find out when the specific exams are taking place, but especially when the student will be free following exams. Invite the student to your home or apartment for some cultural understanding of the Christmas season and holiday traditions. Many students plan travel right after exams are completed, so your invitation needs to be timely for the student to include it in their plans.
Words of encouragement and confidence in the student’s abilities are always appropriate. Some Asian students will say things to avoid seeming confident, but your assurances are important.
So, while students will not be very available for contact during exams, these are critical times to show you care for the student and their needs.
Principles cited in this blog: Exams are times of particular stress and your efforts at caring are most appreciated. Words of encouragement are always appreciated.
Application for ISI ministry: Letting students know that you are praying for them can be something the Lord might use to draw them to himself. Inexpensive care packages are a wonderful reason to stop by a student’s apartment.
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Doug Shaw with Derrah Jackson