Sem Two Advising (February 2019)


5 ways to help your advisees navigate the second semester with more success

Now that your advisees have completed half of their first year studies. Here are some tips and resources for you to foster their learning experience and keep their momentum going in the second semester.

To help navigate the second semester

1. Reflection and personal growth

Many first-year students feel overwhelmed and at times lost. Help them reflect on their first-semester experience and identify development areas:

Verbalize clearer goals

Adjust to U learning

Master self-management


2. Academic support

Bridging the gap between secondary education and university learning is a big challenge for most year one students. How many learning resources do they know?

AAO's latest 3-min briefing 'Ace your assignment with library tools'

Study Roadmap and campus support network


3. Major and Careers

Most students in programmes with major/minor options may want to explore their interest in the first year and make a declaration in year two. The following are two resources to help them make a well-considered choice.

  • AAO complete list of major minor.

    Invite your advisees to check out the major/ minor list at the AAO Website where they can find information listed by subject and by Faculty. They can also request to meet with a TAA (Temporary Academic Adviser) who advises students, from home and non-home faculties, about the subject as a major/minor.

  • Answers to career-related concerns by CEDARS Careers Advisers

    a. Should I choose a major by employment prospects?

    b. Should I do a double major?

    c. If I major and minor in two very different disciplines, would employer question my clarity of goals?

To identify potential at-risk students

Sometimes teachers can help identify potential at-risk students, whether their advisees or not, by their problematic study behaviours.

4. Be alert: Late course changes

For different reasons, some students may request to “late-drop” a course which is normally not allowed. Support students to take responsibility of their decisions.

Consult Faculty policies

Delve deeper if needed


5. Be alert: Late Submission of Assignments

You may have students who requested for late submission of assignments (which you approved) but at the end never handed in anything. Email them to ask for an explanation. That might help them face their problem and find a solution.

Study anxiety

Try new study methods

Talk with a counselor


Further Information: Interested in more reading on Academic Advising?

High-Impact Advising: A guide for Academic Advisors (HKU Libraries call no 378.194 O38)

(See the sample pages here.)

You are welcome to contact us if you need information or assistance. Happy Advising!
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