Best practice tips for processing speed

Best practice tips are strategies that have been evaluated in other settings, target a relevant factor (such as a teaching style that lowers student anxiety), or is considered best practice by experts in the field.

Tailor the assessment approach

Some students may need extra time for reading or writing. 

Get student feedback

Check in with students to see how they’re travelling. Some students may need adjustments to the teaching pace, their goals or the level of support given. 

Reflect regularly on how you communicate

Students who are aware they do not answer or complete tasks as quickly as other students may feel anxious about this.

Providing reassurance regularly that it is okay to “take your time” to answer, and avoiding statements that may make them feel rushed (such as “hurry up” or “quickly”) may help them feel less anxious.