Below are some helpful hints to remember while in an academic advising session:
- Know more about your programs than the prospective student.
- Know the names of your fellow professors, and what they do within the department.
- Know the dates when students may register for classes.
- Do not refer the student to other advisers because you can not answer his or her questions. There is a reason why you were selected as the adviser - so, advise.
- Do not spend more time in an advising session talking about how you got your book published than about the student's classes.
- Do not say anything like, "I advise during the day so I can write what I want to publish at night." It gives the impression that you're neither interested in your job, nor the student's future in your program.
Oh, and buy some longer pants.