New and Enhanced Resources for Associate Advisors
Associate Advisors (AAs) are MIT sophomores, juniors, and seniors who provide academic support and resources to first-year students. Matched with a faculty advisor, they provide the student perspective on MIT academics and student life to a small group of 6-10 advisees. Since associate advisors are busy students themselves, they need access to quick-and-easy to use resources. The Office of the First Year and the AA Steering Committee has created the following tools to help them succeed:
Academic Directory: Lists the associate advisors’ major(s), minor, concentration and classes they have TA’d. This resource can be referenced anytime by an AA that needs expertise in a discipline or class from their peers.
Advising Calendar: Provides structure by highlighting key dates in the semester with “AA Actions” that serve to-do items including check-in meetings, deadlines, and advising activities. The online calendar that lives in the AA web site is synched into their Google Calendars.
Slack Channels: Students have created documents on everything from note-taking, Food @ MIT, reference tables such as 5.111 vs. 3.091, and a video on How to Submit an Add/Drop Form.
Canvas Modules: Provides varied content on creating a welcoming space, ideas for check-in meetings conversations, working with their faculty advisor, as well as videos on Impostor Syndrome and time management.
— Leslie Bottari, OFY