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Advisor Tips

Create an effective advising relationship.

During the stages of the advising relationship, work with the members of the club or organization to:

  • Establish and agree upon clear expectations and responsibilities for the role of the advisor and the role(s) of the student’s in the organization.
  • It is important and vital for the advisor to get to know each the officers and members alike.
  • A way to show your support is to attend events, make yourself seen, and be available.
  • Be honest and open with all communications and be consistent with what you say.
  • Help the students see alternatives and provide an outside perspective to discussion.
  • While it’s important to be supportive of your club or organization, you also need to hold them accountable for their actions.
  • Finally, enjoy being a part of the club or organization and what you are doing for the students.
  • Don’t forget to maintain a sense of humor.

As you begin your role as an advisor and establish a relationship with your student club or organization, there are some things that should be avoided as they may hinder the productivity of the club or organization and diminish the rapport with your students. 

The following are things to avoid as an advisor:

  • Being absent to meetings, especially if your attendance was an expectation set forth by the group.
  • Being inattentive or inconsistent with communication (via email, phone, in-person, etc.)
  • Only knowing the executive board, get to know all members of your student club or organization.
  • Being close friends with the group, while your role as advisor may take on many hats, remember you are the mentor.
  • Micromanaging and making all of the decisions for the club or organization and have it become your club or organization.
  • Say you know when you don’t.
  • Not following up on promises made.
  • Don’t forget that the contribution you’re making is supporting the success for the students.

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