The art of advising comes with experience and knowing the “nuts and bolts” of each advisee’s unique perspective. The following hints are proven best practices that are used on campus on a consistent basis. Use them wisely and you too will become a successful major advisor.
If the advisee is short a few points from the next level of course placement on the COMPASS, and the advisee believes they belong in a higher level course, recommend a re-take for that specific section. On the other hand if the advisee does not meet minimum ACT or SAT placement scores, the advisee will need to take the COMPASS for that specific section. If the advisee does not want to abide to the criteria listed above, introduce the course placement referral form.
Maintain your own educational experiences relevant to the advising task at hand such as past experiences, skill level, motivation, personal schedule, etc. The advisee’s perspectives may be similar to yours, but you need to be careful with making that assumption. For example, you may have passed calculus easily; however, your advisee struggles in pre-college math and may need tutoring services. Thus, your advisee may require a different advising approach than what your college experiences may have been.
About half of the advising experience is listening carefully to your advisee. Each advisee will tell you information about themselves which will help determine the appropriate credit load, program interests and other student support services required. Your listening role will empower the advisee to make informed decisions based on what is reasonable and realistic in their given situation.
Once you guide the advisee through their first semester, your advisor responsibilities have just begun. Be sure to follow up with your advisees on a regular basis throughout their time at CSI. Touching base with your advisees to develop short-term goals while keeping in mind the attainment of long-term goals will help keep plans within reach.
Each degree completion track will differ depending on placement scores, course rigor combinations, outside time obligations, course sequence selection, and course delivery methods. Here are some suggestions for you to consider as you visit with advisees: