The First Meeting
Do you remember the first time you talked with a college advisor? The teachable moment is there in that initial interview that may be forgotten. It is a moment that may change students’ lives. It is a moment that may have changed your life. Students deserve time and attention. They need a listening ear. Whatever else this relationship becomes, students need eye contact and at least 60 seconds of total attention during that initial meeting.
Demands on advisors time are great, often frustration is high and students must wait for your attention. They may need to wait until the advisor is able to concentrate. Take a deep breath and then focus on the student.
Sample Questions for the First Meeting
The following ten questions are ideal for getting to know students, for breaking the ice, and setting the tone for the future advising sessions. While some questions go beyond purely academic discussion, it is important that advisors know their students and not simply what their majors are. The more advisors know about their students' goals and intentions, the easier it will be to provide useful advice and guidance.
These questions can be used as a guideline for initial sessions with students and saved in a student file for future reference.
Sample Questions for Subsequent Meetings
Future meetings with advisees should serve to make life at Ivy Tech as productive and trouble-free as possible. You should be ready to work with students to help solve problems they may encounter. These meetings are also a time to make certain that the academic choices that students make correspond with their career goals.