Learning and Development

Well-trained advisors add significant value to institutions in terms of learning, persistence, and overall student satisfaction.  Advisors need well-planned and comprehensive training and development programs that span their careers. 

The following materials are available to all UGA academic advisors, previously offered through UGA Training & Development as part of the Advanced Certificate in Academic Advising.

Connecting J.R.R. Tolkien to Academic Advising 

The following document connects sources from the NACADA Journal to select passages from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Learn how these passages can serve as examples of humility in guidance and a shifting of responsibility that encourages students to shape their own educational path.

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The Long Road: Connecting J.R.R. Tolkien and Student Development
The Choice of Roads: Connecting J.R.R. Tolkien and Student Decisions

How to Write a Personal Statement

The following materials are avaliable to all UGA academic advisors. These resources provide information and guidance on how to write a Personal Statement. The Personal Statement PowerPoint and printable materials are housed on the Pre-Health Advising site.

1. Crafting a Personal Statement Workshop: A Cross Campus-Collaboration Model

2. The Componets of a Personal Statement Workshop

3. The final submission for the Capstone Project for Advanced Certificate Academic Advising

Academic Advisor Toolkit

The following materials are available to all UGA academic advisors, which include suggested scripts, responses and interventions for use by advisors, several handouts to share with students, additional resources and practice scenarios.

1. Communications 101- Designed for advisors who wish to help students improve their communication skills in writing, by phone, and/or in person.

2. Families and Supporters 101- Designed for advisors who wish to hone their skills regarding interactions with family members and supporters in writing, by phone, in person and by coaching students.

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