A student advisor is
someone on school staff—teacher, librarian, or administrator—who provides a
student or group of students with guidance on their personal and academic
goals. This is done using individual and group meetings. At the critical time
of adolescence, students require the emotional and social support that advisory
provides. At NYMA, all attempts are made to keep advisory groups small so that
they function best with most instructors managing between 6-10 advisees.
However, the student's need to feel comfortable with their advisor is an
What are the benefits of student
Through an advising group, students
become part of a "built-in" peer group that provides security for new and
returning students alike. In general, the advisee moves through the academic
program having the same advisor. This allows the advisor, advisee and advising
group to develop a level of trust and understanding required to help the
student to progress through potentially difficult and challenging situations.
This comfortable group can help build a student's self-esteem and offset
What is the focus of NYMA's student
As an NYMA advisor will have a diverse
group of students, often across several grade levels, the focus and requisite
tasks will vary. However, there are more general focus areas where an advisor
can serve all advisees.
The advisor will
serve as an advocate assisting students
with academic and behavioral issues;
build community amongst the group
reinforce skills necessary for success;
alert group members to
opportunities for community service/service learning, scholarships, internships
and other programs that offer valuable services to the student.
The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell
us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent
spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders,
to find out what our own form of right action is.