Thirty Reminders for Effective Advising:

 

1.
  Care about advisees as people by showing empathy, understanding, and respect.
2.
  Establish a warm, genuine, and open relationship.
3.
  Evidence interest, helpful intent, and involvement.
4.
  Be a good listener.
5.
  Establish rapport by remembering personal information about advisees.
6.
  Be available; keep office hours and appointments.
7.
  Provide accurate information.
8.
  When in doubt, refer to the Rensselaer Catalog and/or Handbook.
9.
  Know how and when to make referrals, and be familiar with referral resources.
10.
  Don't refer to hastily; on the other hand, don't attempt to handle situations for which you are not qualified.
11.
  Have students contact referral resources in your presence.
12.
  Keep in frequent contact with advisees; take the initiative; don't always wait for students to come to you.
13.
  Don't make decisions for students; help them make their own decisions.
14.
  Focus on advisee's strengths and potentials rather than limitations.
15.
  Seek out advisees in informal settings.
16.
  Monitor advisees' progress toward educational goals.
17.
  Determine reasons for academic poor performance and direct advisees to appropriate support services.
18.
  Be realistic with advisees.
19.
  Use all available information.
20.
  Clearly outline advisee's responsibilities.
21.
  Follow-up on commitments made to advisees.
22.
  Encourage advisees to consider and develop career alternatives when appropriate.
23.
  Keep an anecdotal record of significant conversations for future reference.
24.
  Evaluate the effectiveness of your advising.
25.
  Don't be critical of other faculty or staff to advisees.
26.
  Be knowledgeable about career opportunities and job outlooks for various majors.
27.
  Encourage advisees to talk by asking open-ended questions.
28.
  Don't betray confidential information.
29.
  Categorize advisees' questions: Are they seeking action, information, or involvement and understanding?
30.
  Be yourself and allow advisees to be themselves.