MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For Associate Advisors
The First Year at MIT

Advising Right Now: Building the Advising Relationship

It is very common for advising groups to disconnect after the fall term, when some freshmen often need increased support. If you have not been able to establish a personal connection to your advisees up to this point, it is important that you find a way to develop relationships with them early in the spring term. If you have gotten to know your advisees, you should continue to foster your relationships.

Even if your advisees have not responded to your emails, it is not too late to develop the advising relationship. Here are some timely tips:

Be Pro-active and Direct

If your advisees understand your advising role and are already comfortable with you, here are some ways to stay connected in the spring:

Be Approachable and Accessible

Ask the Right Questions

Participate in Advising Meetings