Working with First-Years
Effective communication is critical if you are going to be successful in helping first-year students.
One of the most important skills is you can have is active listening. Your ability to listen actively, and thoughtfully, can have a profound effect on how your advisees experience their first-year at MIT. Here are some principles to keep in mind when having conversations with your advisees:
- Allow students to tell their story without interrupting.
- Keep similar feelings or problems from your own experience to a minimum.
- Observe the emotion, voice intonation, and body language behind words.
- Establish consistent eye contact and use affirmative head nods.
- Check for understanding by paraphrasing what is said.
- Ask open-ended questions to open dialogue, rather than asking “yes” or “no” questions.
- Keep notes of your converstation so that you can you recall and follow up on specifics.
- Canvas training for associate advisors addresses topics such as Impostor Syndrome, stress and time management. Additionally, there are essential guidelines on how to work with your advisor.
- The Associate Advising Navigation Guide is a monthly newsletter that is emailed with tips, resources, deadlines and event notifications.
- Slack (https://ofyassociateadvisors.slack.com/) This channel for is available for ongoing communication about registration, academics and Office of the First Year events.