Chapter 6Providing Academic and Career Assistance

YOU WILL FIND that many students begin their college education confused and indecisive about choosing their major; they may be concerned about how their peers will view them and about finding their way around campus. Becoming involved in campus life is one of the best ways for students to deal with their concerns, and it is also the most important variable in determining student academic success (Astin 1993). The first step in providing academic and career guidance is to understand the crucial role that involvement plays in a student’s success.

As an adviser, you become students’ confidant, informal academic counselor, career counselor, and reference. Understanding the basic functions of career ...

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