Adopting a coaching style As an Academic Adviser, it is imperative that you keep the focus very much on the advisee, and the development of their understanding and insights into their own behaviours and attitudes. By adopting a coaching style, you are able to support your advisees to become more independent learners. Be clear and positive about the time you can offer now. 'I can give you five minutes...' Listen. Don't talk too much. Think about the impact of what you say. Try to reflect back to them what they are saying. 'So you feel really fed up...' or check that you have understood by briefly summarising, 'Can I make sure I've got this right? What I think you're saying is...' Ask open questions. 'Can you tell me about...'