"Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience."
30 Reminders for Effective Advising
- Care about the students you advise as people by showing empathy, understanding and respect.
- Establish a warm, genuine, and open relationship.
- Evidence interest, helpful intent, and involvement.
- Be a good listener.
- Establish rapport by remembering personal information about students you advise.
- Be available; keep office hours and appointments.
- Provide accurate information.
- When in doubt, refer to the catalog.
- Know how and when to make referrals, and be familiar with referral sources.
- Don't refer too hastily; on the other hand, don't attempt to handle situations for which you are not qualified.
- Have students contact referral sources in your presence.
- Keep in frequent touch with students you advise; take the initiative; don't always wait for students to come to you.
- Don't make decisions for students; help them make their own decisions.
- Focus on students' strengths and potentials rather than limitations.
- Seek out students you advise in informal settings.
- Monitor students' progress toward educational goals.
- Determine reasons for poor academic performance and direct students to appropriate support services.
- Be realistic with the students you advise.
- Use all available information sources.
- Clearly outline students' responsibilities.
- Follow up on commitments made to the students you advise.
- Encourage students to consider and develop career alternatives when appropriate.
- Keep an anecdotal record of significant conversations for future reference.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of your advising.
- Don't be critical of other faculty or staff.
- Be knowledgeable about career opportunities and job outlook for various majors.
- Encourage students to talk by asking open-ended questions.
- Don't betray confidential information.
- Categorize students' questions; are they seeking action, information, or involvement and understanding.
- Be yourself and allow students to be themselves.
(American College Testing Association)