Help Students Prepare for their Advising Meeting
Students should be coming to your meeting prepared to discuss course selections for the next semester or two. This worksheet is a document you could send in advance.
In addition, be sure to allow for time in your advising session to have more in-depth conversations with your advisees. Below are some suggested open-ended questions. You might send these to your students in advance to prompt reflection.
For any student
- What is most on your mind today? (this month, this semester)
- How are you getting involved and connecting on campus?
- What interests you in your major and why?
- What classes are you enjoying or learning the most from?
- What are you struggling with or what might you dislike about your classes?
For first/second year students
- Are you considering a minor, double-major, or study abroad opportunity? What interests you about this pursuit?
- What internship, research, or service opportunities would you like to pursue?
For second/third year students
- Can you tell me about any new skills you would like to acquire?
- What are you planning for your summer?
- What are you considering for your post-graduate work?
- What are you doing to gain experience?
- Have you developed a professional network?
- Have you prepared an up to date resume or CV?
- What are you most excited about for the future?
Does your advisee need access to additional support resources or information on campus? The Student Success Center has a page identifying various Solutions Centers on campus where you can help direct them.If your advisee could benefit from a conversation with a counselor (non-crisis), you can refer them to daily Let’s Talk drop-in hours up at the HUB. These are offered 9-11am and 2-4pm Monday-Friday. Let’s Talk is a quick opportunity to connect without committing to a regular appointment.