b'the students goals, ability to answer questions, and knowledge of your institutions and individual schools courses. Be sure to ask students about their advisors strengths and recommendations for improvement.Good advising goes a long way in heading off student distress. Here are suggestions from faculty members to improve advising: Send a welcome letter before arrival on campus introducing yourself to your advisee. Ask for information about the incoming student to help prepare for the students arrival. Meet early in the semester and ask advisees key questions to elicit information, such as What are your goals and what are you looking forward to at college? What has excited you about your experience here? How can I help you?Then listen. Regular meetings, phone calls, or emails ensure that faculty advisors are in touch with their students lives so they can help with scheduling courses and providing academic and career advice. In small departments, consider assigning one faculty advisor to each incoming class. Students in the same class who share advisors are more likely to interact with one another. Consider creating a training program for faculty members to reinforce for them various aspects of the student experience and raise awareness of problems or questionsHelping Students Balance Stress76'