Advising may take place in a classroom, hallway, cafeteria or outside among the campus trees. What may seem like casual conversation to an advisor may be interpreted differently a student. Advisors are cautioned to watch their demeanor (e.g. hurried, unpleasant, impatient) anytime they are interacting with a student. Some advising topics are best reserved for an advisor’s office. Advisors may casually address student inquiries while at the same time suggest that the student make an appointment during their office hours.
Creating an Inviting Atmosphere
- Get up, greet the student, and call them by their name.
- Demonstrate a friendly and courteous atmosphere through demeanor and language. Students are sensitive to advisors’ moods and may react accordingly.
- Students generally want to be heard. Take a few minutes at the beginning of a session just to listen to the student.
- Remember advisee’s name, make eye contact, and jot down a few notes.
- Use humor with students to illustrate points.
- Share personal experiences. Students respond to useful information that is shared in a professional context.