Characteristics of Good Advisors 

A good advisor...

1.     Is personally and professionally interested in being an advisor.

2.     Listens constructively, attempting to hear all aspects of students' expressed problems.

3.     Sets aside enough regular scheduled time to adequately meet the advising needs of students assigned to him/her.

4.     Knows school policy and practice in sufficient detail to provide students with accurate, usable information.

5.     Refers students to other sources of information and assistance when referral seems to be the best, student-centered response to be made.

6.     Recognizes the uniqueness of each student and accepts the individual student as a growing entity.

7.     Views long-range planning as well as immediate problem-solving as an essential part of effective advising.

8.     Shares his/her advising skills with working colleagues who also are actively involved with advising.

9.     Continually attempts to improve both the style and substance of his/her advising role.

10.   Willingly and actively participates in and completes advisor-training programs, both initial and in-service, when available.

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