Here are some tips for building rapport :
Be interested by learning about your students. You can ask them…
- What are you most interested in learning about?
- How do you feel about being here?
- How do you learn best?
- What kind of feedback works best for you?
- What has helped your learning in placements previous to this one?
Be respectful – obvious, but not always practiced!
- Students bring a lifetime of skills and experiences with them
- These experiences may be different than yours, but they still have value
- Back when you were a student and the challenges you faced
- It can be a bumpy road, for everyone
To maintain a sense of curiosity when conflicts arise whether they are personality differences or differences in the style of working or learning
A preceptor’s goal is to assist a student in developing effective clinical skills and professional attitudes. Therefore, the manner in which you speak and act with your students should reflect this and may include:
- Providing a secure supportive environment when students face difficult situations
- Refraining from being judgmental or harsh when students make mistakes
- Demonstrating that you are genuinely interested in seeing them succeed
 Burns, C., Beauchesne, M., Ryan-Krause, P., & Sawin, K. (2006). Mastering the Preceptor Role: Challenges of Clinical Teaching. Journal of Pediatric Health Care 20(3), 172-183. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2005.10.012