Advising Right Now: Building the Advising Relationship
Freshmen value your knowledge, advice and experience, but may be hesitant to impose on your time. Here are some tips on continuing to build the advising relationship.
Be Approachable and Accessible
- Act friendly and welcoming when you explain how you complement the work of the advisor and are available to offer advice.
- Talk with advisees about yourself, your major, activities you are involved in, etc.
- Send your advisees your schedule so that they know when you are available. Let them know when you are free from classes or other activities.
- Remind them of the best ways to reach you. Give out your cell number, e-mail, and dorm/ FSILG.
Ask the Right Questions
- Learn to ask open-ended questions that require thoughtful responses. For example, 'How do you feel entering spring semester?'
- Listen to the responses and allow these to guide your conversation.
- Take the dialogue beyond class selection to focus more broadly on evolving academic, career, and personal goals.
Participate in Advising Meetings
- Work with your advisor to be part of the meetings s/he has set up with your advisees, and find additional opportunities to meet with each of advisees informally.
- Contribute to the conversation at meetings. If possible, plan with your advisor in advance on how you can have a meaningful part in these meetings.
- Let your advisees know that you are available to meet them around critical times on the academic calendar, e.g., Registration Day, Add and Drop Dates.
Get to Know Your Advisee
One of the best ways to get to know someone is by finding out about them. Here are some conversation topics that will help you get to know your advisee:
- Talk about what major they are considering and why.
- Find out what extracurriculars they are in or interested in joining this spring.
- Ask about their dorm and involvement in FSILGs.