I have taken to carrying my iPad with me where I know I will see students and can provide “reference on the run.” The difficulty is planning the most opportune times for both my walks and the students’ availability.
At the beginning of the semester I start conversations at the coffee shop, elevators, etc., by asking how their semester/research is going. I may make a note with their e-mail and need to get back to them for more help or referral. Later in the semester, students approach me after we have met in a classroom session. Frequently, someone sees me working with their classmate outside the library and asks for help, or brings a friend in need, even passing faculty may introduce a student.
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