At a first meeting with advisees, you can help with two kinds of information and advice: general and individual. Your goal should be to strike a balance between giving necessary information and allowing time for questions or reactions. This way, you will begin to establish a relationship with the student that may, over time, foster academic and personal growth.
The initial session should be limited to a reasonable amount of information for new students to handle.
A preliminary talk could cover:
- the advising system
- the registration process
- the core curriculum
- the Humanities Program (seminar and lecture)
- the foreign language requirement (classroom and native speaker)
- the freshman composition requirement
- the use of electives
- an overview of the requirements for the degree
- the Teacher Education Program
It could also cover:
- the grading system (the plus/minus system and grading standards)
- drop/add period
- course withdrawal
- declaring/changing a major
- class attendance
- various support services
It is important that your advisees know your office hours as well as how to contact you if they need to leave a message.