Feedback: Is It Necessary?

You are working with a student who as been out of college for a while, but who is returning for self-development, and a zeal for intellectual challenge. You notice she/he needs help transitioning from a style of writing that helped make him/her a star copy writer for an advertising firm, but that might not serve her/him well as a returning student.

At your weekly tutoring sessions, you review the student’s increasingly more complex sentence structure and notice great improvement. You want to encourage the student. But you are afraid to heap too much praise for fear of breaking the student’s stride.

Here are some questions to consider. At what point in the tutoring relationship do you and the client review the progress that has been made? Do you require clients to keep a journal on their progress? Do you share your notes chronicling the student’s progress with the student?

Or is self-reflexivity unnecessary?

Thoughts?

The Importance of Advising

Whether you are an undergrad or a grad student, academic advising is important. However, review of the literature shows that graduate students are often least likely to have access to good academic advisors.

But what is good academic advising?

Good advising consists of receiving helpful information on a regular basis and in a timely manner, being socialized into the role of the academic, working with faculty who model successful behavior, and working with faculty who care about the success of students.

Please contact me if you would like additional information, including resources on the topic of good advising.