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Advising at ICU

ICU’s advising system

Academic advisors (faculty), APC (regular full-time staff), IBS (student peer advisors), and major advisors (faculty) support student learning. There are multiple advising/support channels, and students are expected to effectively utilize these and become active learners.



Advising that cultivates students’ independence

Advising is not something that provides answers. Advising helps students organize their thoughts through dialogue, provides necessary information, and presents options. There is the proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Academic advising is similar to this. It aims to go one step further and engage in dialogue that makes students think, “What is the purpose of catching fish anyway?”



Expectations of students

Advising is communication in both directions. In order to make the most of advising opportunities, it is important to be independent above all else. Specifically, it is a good idea to bear the following in mind.

Organize questions and topics for advising before visiting APC.

Be independent and make active use of the visit.

When there is something that you do not understand or that raises your concern, ask. Do not leave questions unanswered.

    ・ Create a record of what you asked and use it as a hint for measuring your growth or degree of progress toward goals.

・ Communicate your values, goals, interests, and abilities.

・ Have knowledge of ICU’s curriculum, regulations, and procedures.

Actively gather information necessary for decision-making.

       ・Accept responsibility for decisions made.

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