Comprehensive communications can be sent out prior to registration, when student traffic significantly increases. The truly proactive component of this step comes when you figure out how much time you will need to devote to each task in advance and then schedule this time into your daily calendar, says professor Christine Harrington in her book, "Student Success in College: Doing What Works! : Christine Harrington, Learning and Individual Differences: Personality, Freshmen Proactive Social Behavior, and College Transition: Predictors beyond Academic Strategies, Inver Hills Community College Campus Health Service: Dealing with Stress. Being proactive means anticipating problems, seeking new solutions and doing your best. Reply. March 4, 2017 at 11:04 AM. Copyright 2020 Leaf Group Ltd. / Leaf Group Education, Explore state by state cost analysis of US colleges in an interactive article, College of the Canyons Office of Student Development: The Proactive College Student, Dartmouth College Academic Skills Center: Getting to Know Your Professors, Student Success in College: Doing What Works! The term Intrusive advising has traditionally been used when referring to targeted programs and initiatives designed to support at-risk student populations such as first-year, first-generation, or academically at-risk students. To do work that matters, and do it better — for the glory of God and flourishing of society. Begin by taking control of your time -- your most valuable asset. If you don't actively plan time to relax and unwind, you might find it harder to finish assignments and you might even end up getting sick more often, suffering symptoms such as headaches, changes in appetite, muscle aches and pains and other problems, according to the Inver Hills Community College Campus Health Service. Students may not reach out to an academic advisor for a variety of reasons. Proactive advising is an effective strategy for enrollment management, student success, retention, and advisor workload management. Being a proactive college student means that you anticipate future challenges, advocate for yourself and seek advice and help when needed. As students navigate their educational pursuits, they will naturally be attracted to activities that they perceive as enjoyable, meaningful or valuable. Your family and friends are a support system, but that is all they are supposed to be for you. With increasing student caseloads, advisors are challenged with keeping up with incoming inquiries, walk-ins, and appointments. Your family and friends are a support system, but that is all they are supposed to be for you. Keep an electronic or paper calendar of your quizzes, tests, assignments and other due dates. Strategies include impromptu phone calls to students, targeted, “just-in-time” mass emails, and spot-checking student records to review student progress, verify enrollment, and identify anomalies in student enrollment patterns or records. How do you become proactive when a superior always finds a way to shut down whatever you bring to the table… Reply. Academic Advising Today, 30 (3), 11,23,  Donaldson, P., McKinney, L., Lee, M. & Pino, D. (2016). If you do not have the tools to distinguish between students by level, major, or GPA, for example, make sure that the subject of the email is specific enough to catch the attention of the intended audience, while allowing the other recipients to quickly delete or ignore it. Evelyn Wiredu says. They cannot succeed for you. By engaging in proactive advising, academic advisors can reach out to a large number of students, some of whom may not have previously sought advising. It's also beneficial to have a relationship with your professor when you need letters of recommendation. To reach the rest of the students who may or may not have contacted an advisor, targeted emails are effective in proactively addressing common problems students experience or reinforcing a policy. Proactive students are able to effectively and efficiently manage their time so that they don't fall behind.