I am an academic guidance counsellor, or TA, at a large private university in New South Wales, Australia.
I work with students, and I can tell you that a good advice note is a must.
I don’t want to write an academic letter that is only intended for my students.
It has to be a guide for them as well, and the advice I write is my personal opinion.
The key to writing a good guidance note is to keep it simple.
It is only one line of writing, and it needs to be concise and to give the student some information on how to proceed with the study.
If I’m not sure about something, I ask them to read through the notes and make sure they understand what they need to know before writing their own.
Here are some tips to help you write a great guidance note.
Use a simple title It is very important to write a guidance note that doesn’t feel overwhelming, and that is something I feel students should be able to easily understand.
For example, if your students ask you to write something like “I have been told that the university’s academic guidance services are excellent and the students should attend classes”, that’s a good title to use.
The easiest way to write this note is by choosing a short title that you can easily remember.
If you don’t know how to use a pen, or you want to make sure your students don’t forget, write something along the lines of “Please, take my advice”.
If you have an older student or a parent that is older than you, they might want to take a look at your guide notes for guidance, or perhaps ask you for some suggestions on how you can improve them.
Don’t use your student’s full name The student will always be able the find the guidance they need in the guidance note, so don’t use their full name.
Use their first name, if possible.
A good rule of thumb is to use the student’s first name only, even if you have a lot of other students in your group.
Make sure that you don’ t forget a student’s name, but don’t have them accidentally refer to the guidance as a “guide” or even a “school”.
Don’t mention your students’ names, unless you are referring to them as the guidance.
Keep it short If you are writing a guide to help students learn more about the university, you should use one sentence or two paragraphs.
You should also include a short summary of the student learning resources and a list of all the resources they need.
For instance, “Here is a list that the student can take to their class, and here is the information they should be aware of when going to class.
If they don’t get their homework done, they will find themselves in a lot more trouble.”
Don’t be too specific When you are working with students and writing a guidance letter, you need to be very specific.
Do not use the same words and phrases as you would use in a textbook.
If the student doesn’t know what they are talking about, it’s easy for them to get confused and miss the point of what you are saying.
Be specific and give them a few options.
For me, if a student asks me to give them some options on what to do with their papers, I always ask them what they want to do.
I can often be quite vague about what is going on, so I use these questions to get them to think more about what they might do with the paper.
Make the advice clear If you want students to be able understand your advice, it is important to make it clear what the student is supposed to do, and how.
For my students, the key to making the guidance clear is to write it in as many words as possible, but to do so in a way that they can understand it.
For those students who are not very familiar with how to write letters, here are a few tips for making sure that they get the advice they need from your guide.
Write it in simple language If you write the advice as simply as possible—such as “You should be learning how to prepare for your exams and prepare for exams at other schools”—then students will be able get the gist of what is happening.
But if you use a lot or too much text, students might get confused.
If your student is using words such as “take my advice”, “please”, “go to class”, “study”, “work” or “study harder”, it is better to write that the advice is “use the advice” or, “it is my opinion”.
It is best if you make the advice obvious, so that students can clearly understand it and make the right decision.
Use your student as an example Make sure you make sure that students have an example of what they should do in order to achieve their goals.
The best way to make your student feel empowered and motivated is to make them