Below you will find helpful information in regards to the role of a student and their advisor
Academic advisors can play a very important role in a student’s postsecondary academic career. Our advising team believes that effective advising skills and effective teaching skills should go hand-and-hand. Students should receive useful information inside and outside of the classroom while in college. Good academic advising can help students’ abilities to make good choices, improve their critical thinking skills, and set attainable goals that are in their best interest. In many cases it is difficult to determine which type of advisor is best for each student because each advisor and student is different. However, the National ACademic Advising Association (NACADA) has devised a listing of effective practices for new and experienced advisors. Below you will find some helpful practices suggested from the NACADA.
- Provide the most current information possible available for advising sessions with advisees (e.g., Bingo Sheets, Academic Catalog, Student Handbook, etc.)
- Keep an updated file on each advisee.
- Encourage contact with all advisees, and posted and regularly scheduled office hours.
- Extend office hours prior to and during registration. Try to notify advisees in writing (via e-mail is fine) of any special office hours or of any additional information advisees may need to bring upon their visit.
- Develop a broad knowledge of the college (or institution) so you can answer students questions effectively and if you are unable to you can refer students to the appropriate office or individual that can help them. (This can prevent students from getting frustrated and feeling like they cannot get the right information.)
- Help advisees recognize their responsibilities as students and they can do to be successful while in college.
- Remain informed on courses and class schedules in order to help students make accommodating schedules.
- Be certain that students/advisees that are having academic difficulties are aware of the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and all of the resources that each provides.
Becoming a college student for the first time can be difficult and overwhelming. Some students adapt well to the changes immediately, while others may take a little time. It’s important to remember that there are others that may feel the same as you, or have asked questions that you may have now. Being able to refer to the right resources often helps students feel less anxious about their college experience, and hopefully these tips listed below will be of some help.
- Students can help themselves become successful while in college by doing the following:
- Develop a positive and meaningful relationship with a representative from their College.
- Become involved in extracurricular activities.
- Do not hesitate for help when you need it and.
- Become knowledgeable of as many of your college resources as possible.
- Keep track of your bingo sheet by seeing your advisor at least once during the end of each semester, so that it can be filled out appropriately
- Be aware of the graduation requirements for your degree, and if a “double major” is possible for you (if interested)
- Be knowledgeable of how to operate and register into your PC Star account
- Devise a listing of all goals, long and short term, and keep track of them. (This is a good way to keep your life organized.)