Advice for Academic Advisors. Anna Goatman Manchester B usiness School. Academic advising is intended to stimulate a learning culture that enables students to achieve their full potential and result in graduates who will be highly competitive in the knowledge economy.
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Manchester Business School
Academic advising is intended to stimulate a learning culture that enables students to achieve their full potential and result in graduates who will be highly competitive in the knowledge economy.
Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester
Availability of options
“I didn’t know which courses to choose, so I looked online at the course coordinators pictures to see who looked the most friendly.” (Second year student)
Deadlines for option choices
Sources of information
Implications of choice
Aims for university
Identification of opportunities
Reviewing exam performance
Reviewing coursework performance
Discussing attendance, preparation and participation
Explaining the academic marking system
“I cried all night, I don’t know how I’m going to tell my parents, I only got an average of 68%” (First year student)
Personal development plan (PDP)/ Portfolio
Encourages students to take responsibility
for their own development
Helps identify strengths, weakness and opportunities
Good preparation for job applications
“I went to the library and there was, like, LOADS of books” (First year student)
“I’m not very good at accounting and finance, but my Dad really wants me to do it.” (Second year student)
“I need to leave. This course really isn’t for me. The careers teacher at school told me to do it. I wanted to do an art degree, but she said I’d never get a job in art, so I should do management instead”. (First year student)
Some students (and staff) engage more than others
Being an academic advisor may formally end at graduation. However, some students need you most once they have left.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm