The Demanding Student

Typically the time and energy you give to the demanding student is never enough. This student often attempts to control your time and believes the amount of time received is a reflection of their worth. Some of the signs of a demanding student are:

  • A sense of entitlement
  • A need for control
  • Dependence upon others for self-esteem
  • Difficulty respecting time limits, structure and rules

Here are some do’s and don'ts in helping the demanding student:


  • Empower the student to make his or her own decisions
  • Acknowledge your time commitments and set limits
  • Be direct and honest
  • Offer referrals to other resources


  • Be the only person the student has for support
  • Agree to things you don’t want or have time to do
  • Give advice
  • Avoid the student
  • Argue with them