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Tips for Advising Undergraduate Students

  • Review the file, including their Degree Audit before seeing the student.
  • Show personal interest and concern.
  • Ask the student how you may help them
  • Be attentive and listen to what is, as well as what is not, being said
  • It is important to encourage students, while being realistic with them, about their progress.
  • Remind students of policies that may affect them in the near future.
  • Provide information about future possibilities for students, graduate school, internship programs, international studies, and careers.
  • Recommend and review student involvement.
  • Do not make or document comments about the student’s character, personality or other potentially damaging remarks. If you find it important to note something unusual, that which is outside the purview of the advising function, make a separate confidential folder.
  • When you don’t know something, state it and find out the answer for the student.
  • Provide information about campus resources and make referrals when necessary outside your area of expertise.
  • Remember that transfer students may have difficulty adjusting to life at Northwest. Community colleges and other four-year institutions do not function the same as Northwest.
  • Typical freshmen are inexperienced in life. While intellectual stimulation is necessary, it is equally important not to overwhelm a first-year student.
  • Convey to students to stay in touch and assure them that you are available for additional assistance.