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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

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Advising Students Through First-Year Transitions

Author(s): Reynolds, M.

Editor(s): Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E.

Citation: Reynolds, M. (2017). Advising Students Through First-Year Transitions. In Fox, J. R., & Martin, H. E., Academic Advising and the First College Year (pp. 45-62). Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.



Advisors aim to help first-year students navigate new environments, set realistic expectations and goals, and use their time in college effectively. This chapter discusses techniques, theories, and resources for establishing positive relationships between advisors and advisees. Some of the resources mentioned include using questionnaires, setting early expectations, identifying resources, encouraging reflection, and reassessing at various points throughout a term. Advisors must ultimately overcome limitations to empower students in their college transition. While not all students will experience a successful first year, advisor support will enable some to negotiate their transition successfully.


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