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Student Contact: Sustaining Communication

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Student-Mentor Communication in an Advising Relationship

Much of the faculty job deals with developing and sustaining communication and opening up opportunities for conversation about what and how a student is learning and the relevance of that learning to that student's personal, professional and academic life.

  • Establish contact as soon as possible with the student.
  • Connect with your mentees as they start their studies.
  • Students need to know about any extension and rate of progress policies at the start.
  • Check with new students at least at the half-way point in the enrollment.
  • As students become more self-sustaining, communication often shifts from mentor-initiated to student-initiated.