Generally, beginning college freshmen fear the unknown and seek peer support and understanding. Additionally, most freshmen benefit from faculty who understand their new situation and help them make the transition to the college community -- this could be called bonding. This proven technique of faculty bonding with freshmen is frequently used in transition or orientation type courses. This technique can also be very beneficial to freshmen majoring in Agriculture. Discussion will feature the benefits of personal student letters, personal appointments, phone lists, writing assignments, group learning activities, visits to professor's home and the use of peer teachers. The benefits of freshmen bonding are higher student retention in the course and higher academic performance by freshmen in their courses.



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