What is the attitude of an "A" student?
The finest possible educational environment includes the availability of outstanding academic advising and a genuine caring attitude toward the student - inseparable partners in higher education. [ Some simple suggestions for demonstrating a genuine caring attitude by all advising personnel include:
1) Greeting advisees with a smile.
Care enough to greet advisees with a warm welcome and a
million-dollar smile to help ease student anxiety. Your smile costs nothing, yet it means everything!
2) Radiating a friendly attitude
Be sure that a friendly attitude radiates from your office setting. Try to make advisees feel that in your office they can expect concern, compassion, friendliness, encouragement, trust, and confidence. Anyone with advising responsibilities (including the office secretary or receptionist) must never react to a student as though the student is an interruption of work. The student, after all is the office work!
3) Having an interesting office
Strive to have a physically attractive and interesting office - perhaps with live plants, paintings or pictures on the walls, and soft background music. The office might be decorated in a specific theme such as the school mascot or a particular kind of plant or color scheme. The office should be a haven of enjoyment and conversation for advisees who enter.
4) Knowing the names of advisees
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the names of advisees. Call the students by their first names so that they will feel at ease during advising sessions.
5) Avoiding threatening actions
Care enough to avoid threatening body language. When possible, sit on the same side of your desk with your advisees. You should not let the desk of authority separate you from your advisees and thus cause you to lose some of your advising effectiveness. Also, you should face the advisee squarely. ]
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