Benefits of a Student-Advisor Relationship
Chapel Love, Dean of Students

One of the most celebrated and valued aspects of a student’s Tilton School experience is the quality of relationships between students and faculty. This is highlighted by the advisor-advisee experience

At Tilton, our students live and learn with the faculty and staff. The matching of advisor and advisee is a combination of student selection and feedback on who would be the best fit for said student. The advisor shares in a partnership with the student and his or her family.These relationships are at the center of the Tilton experience.

Advising provides an effective and engaging means of structure, guidance, and support, and encompasses everything from creating a strong academic plan to navigating the challenges of growing as an adolescent.

Looking for specifics on how advisor-student relationships are beneficial? Let us count the ways as Tilton School Dean of Students Chapel Love digs deeper...

  • Supports the individual students' needs: It’s no secret that when it comes to boarding school life, a large chunk of learning happens outside the classroom. With 75% of Tilton’s student population as borders, time away from parents means they will undoubtedly need guidance from a trusted adult at times. Enter the advisor. The student’s advisor is their go-to person for individual needs, whether the needs are academic, social, emotional, or health based.

  • Presents opportunity to focus on character and life skills: The advisor has a much different relationship with their advisees than any other adult on campus. This presents the opportunity to focus on and build upon deeper traits, like honesty, resiliency, sensitivity, compromise. and communication. 

  • Increases ability to track development across all areas: Advisors meet with their advisees weekly to discuss all aspects of  school life, including academic, social, residential, and emotional. Awareness is heightened by establishing one adult as primary contact for monitoring progress and addressing concerns.

  • Models positive feedback techniques: Weekly advisory time is used to model and teach feedback techniques. This encourages students to support and hold one another accountable. It's a way for us to coach positive relationship building in a way that helps the broader community function successfully.

  • Creates a family atmosphere and dynamic: We always say it: small school, big family. The advisor-advisee relationship gives an authentic sense of home life on campus through Home Night dinners and impromptu gatherings.

  • Builds partnership with parents and guardians: The unique relationship between parents/guardians and advisors allows us to place a child's work on campus in-context of the larger picture of who they are. It also allows parents to reinforce messages beneficial to a particular student's growth at Tilton into times away from campus. In essence, it aids with a sense of continuity and consistency that is important to adolescent development. 

  • Reinforces the benefit of having a trusted adult: The advisor-advisee relationship aligns with evidence on the protective benefits to adolescent mental health of the relationship with one trusted adult who is not a family member. Advisors teach and coach students how to advocate for themselves, both with adults and their peers.

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