Help students find their strengths and allow them the opportunity to practice these skills. Some schools give some sort of aptitude test but then what. Schools should take assessments seriously and help students find their strengths and passions
One turning point for me was when I learned to stop comparing myself to others and acknowledge that we are all unique individuals. Instead of comparing myself to others I have learned to use them as a source of inspiration.
This is an interesting perspective. The best professors I have had were those who were very much in tune with the students. No nonsense and quite challenging but really understood each students strengths and needs, and catered the class and content towards the students. The worst classes were taught by professors who I felt were just there for the paycheck. This should not be allowed. Just like students "fail" professors should also be held accountable for their performance, especially with the price that we pay for higher education. Maybe there should be a better way to hold the educators accountable?
This Co-op education sounds like a great way to get "theory" into "practice" in a functional and effective manner! Additionally, you bring up a great point in terms of students having difficulty budgeting their time. This is a problem I see especially with my younger classmates in general.