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AAO Professional Development Lunch & Learn: Academic Advising Case Studies @ HKU

AAO Professional Development Lunch & Learn: Academic Advising Case Studies @ HKU

AAO Professional Development Lunch & Learn:
Academic Advising Case Studies @ HKU (Jan 2014)

Workshop Highlights
Who is this workshop for?

This event is designed for all staff involved with the academic advising system at HKU.

What is the aim of this workshop?

The overall aims of the session are: (a) to gain exposure to current academic advising trends through reviewing cases, (b) to apply relational knowledge to case studies by suggesting solutions and identifying available resources, and (c) to network and share experiences with colleagues in academic advising roles.

What will I learn about?

Some of the topics covered in the workshops are:

  • Learn from recent cases at HKU
  • Discover resources and referrals available for academic advising
  • Case study debriefing and experience sharing with:
    • -Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
    • -Ms Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
    • -Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director, Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS
    • -Mr. Joe Poon, In-House Legal Counsel

Programme Rundown

January 28, 2014 (Tue), 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Run Run Shaw, Room 321
Light lunch will be provided.
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Academic Advising Case Studies

Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
Ms Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director, Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS
Mr. Joe Poon, In-House Legal Counsel

Five Common Myths on Academic Advising

 

 

Dear Students,

The second semester has just started, and it is time to meet with your Faculty Academic Adviser again. Don’t sit back and fall victim of a number of common myths about academic advising, advising, reach out to your FAA today.

Myth 1

Academic advising is for the student with a low GPA.

Advising is not solely for students who have difficulties in coping with their studies. Even academically outstanding students can use guidance on matters like deciding on exchange opportunities, choosing a suitable majors and minors or planning for postgraduate studies. Go and tell your FAAs about your study plan or career goals, and you may be surprised to hear your FAAs insights and opinions that you have never thought of.

Myth 2

It is better to seek advice from my peers since they can relate more to my experience.

There is no doubt that your peers like o’camp leaders or senior hallmates can provide you with useful opinions. However, their advice, like all other advice, has its limitation – it is based on their own strengths and personality. This is most likely different from yours. Additionally, while your peers are able to give you views from a student’s perspective, your FAA sees matters from another perspective. Getting advice from peers and FAAs is not substitute of one another.

Myth 3

There is no point meeting my FAA because he/she is not teaching courses in my intended major.

In the event that your assigned FAA is not from your intended major, he or she as an academic staff of your Faculty can still advise you on how to draw up your study plan, how to prepare for declaring your intended major and to give you suggestions on the requisite study skills. If there are details that he / she is not familiar with, your FAA would guide and refer you to the most appropriate person for further advice.

Myth 4

Meeting with my FAA in a formal setting is intimidating. I don’t know what to talk about…

Although meeting with your FAA might not be as fun as chatting with your friends, it does not have to be intimidating. FAAs are teachers who are used to communicating with students. Your FAA has been specifically assigned to help you adjust to the University and to guide you through your academic plans. You can raise any study-related query (e.g. how to develop a study plan, how to improve study skills, what to consider when selecting a major questions on learning opportunities such as exchange, research and internship). It is advisable to write down the questions you wish to discuss with your FAA before you meet with him/her.

Myth 5

I did not contact my FAA in the first semester, therefore I better not approach my FAA now as he / she may already have a bad impression.

The old saying is “better late than never”. Whether or not you have met with your FAA in the first semester, now that you have your first semester results and more experience with the University, it would be timely to consult your FAA on your study plan. Your FAA is there to help and guide you and to review your progress, so there is no need to feel embarrassed or nervous to contact him/her.

Academic Advising Office

AAO Professional Development Lunch & Learn: Academic Advising Case Studies @ HKU

 

 

AAO Professional Development Lunch & Learn:
Academic Advising Case Studies @ HKU

Date: January 28, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building

Who is this event for?

This event is designed for all staff involved with the academic advising system at HKU.

What is the aim of this event?

The overall aims of the session are: (a) to gain exposure to current academic advising trends through reviewing cases, (b) to apply relational knowledge to case studies by suggesting solutions and identifying available resources, and (c) to network and share experiences with colleagues in academic advising roles.

What takes place during this event?
  • Learn from recent cases at HKU
  • Discover resources and referrals available for academic advising
  • Case study debriefing and experience sharing with:
    • -Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
    • -Ms Katherine Wan, Head, Academic Advising Office
    • -Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director, Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS
    • -Mr. Joe Poon, In-House Legal Counsel

* Sandwiches and tea will be provided.
Please click HERE to register!

 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

For enquiries, please contact Dr. Amy Lewis at 2219 4684 / alewis@hku.hk.

Is there anything I can do to prepare for the workshop?

You can have a look at our Quick Reference Guide for Faculty Academic Advisers to gain some ideas on academic advising. You will have the opportunity to interact with other academic advisers and staff of the Academic Advising Office during the workshop.