It is appropriate to spend about 30 minutes with each of your advisees each term. Your advisee has been instructed to come prepared to these meetings. You are not expected to know about the entire curriculum, about every course of study, or the answer to every question, but we do ask that you review basic requirements with your advisees. We have provided some materials here to help answer these questions if they come up in a meeting.
That said, you will be most helpful to your advisees if you can engage them in a larger discussion of their aims for their Dartmouth experience, and if you can show them how they might connect individual decisions about academic and curricular choices with their larger academic and life goals. You are not there to make decisions for your advisees, and it must be clear to them that ultimately their decisions are their own. But we hope you can participate in the process and help them see some of the various implications of their decision making.