Prof Ronny R Noor: Guiding Students Needs Its Own Art

In this very dynamic educational development, Prof. Ronny Rachman Noor, Professor of IPB University stated that being an educator at the university level requires a high level of art. He likens it to playing a kite, lecturers need to see the size and type of kite, the strength of the wind, and the direction of the wind.

He said, “Without knowledge, skill and patience, it is not impossible that the kite will break and be carried away by the wind. If it's just a kite, maybe we don't need to care too much because it can be replaced with a new kite.”

However, he said, what we are currently discussing is the next generation who one day will also play a role and have a big responsibility.

He also admitted that educating and guiding undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students would be very different. "If at the undergraduate level, students in general are in the process of finding their identity, rich in wild ideas and a burning spirit, then at the masters and doctoral levels, lecturers face mature students who are looking for depth and independence of knowledge," added the IPB University lecturer. from the Faculty of Animal Science.

Furthermore, he explained, the failure of the lecturers in managing their strategies in guiding students at different strata would not only make the supervisors frustrated, but also the students became confused and frustrated. To overcome this, he also suggested that an open meeting and discussion be held between lecturers and students under his guidance.

"Lecturers can only determine the rules that must be agreed upon, but it is better to communicate them with the students who will be guided and asked if the rules can be agreed," he said.

The figure who once served as Education and Culture Attache (Atdikbud) at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, Australia also explained, several things that need to be agreed between lecturers and students. The agreement includes, among others, an agreement to meet with the lecturer on time, an agreement on student independence in the sense that it does not always depend on the supervisor, an agreement for students to contact their lecturers if they are facing problems, both personal and academic problems; as well as agreement on the rules for the manner and time of discussion and communication.

"This agreement is important to be obeyed by both lecturers and students so that the guidance process can run well," said Prof. Ronny.

In its implementation, continued Prof. Ronny, failure to make an agreement at the beginning of the guidance can be fatal. He gave an example, such as the disconnection of communication because lecturers and students feel uncomfortable in communicating. In fact, the disappearance of students from academic activities that causes students to experience Drop Out (DO).

Another thing that according to him needs to be considered by the supervisor is the amount of guidance. "Lecturers need to carefully consider the time they have to allocate in conducting guidance outside of their main duties such as giving lectures, researching and conducting community service activities and of course time for their families," he said.

Prof Ronny further stated, “Guiding S1 is more about routine activities so that they can graduate on time with high quality and also open insight, independence and motivation. Meanwhile, guiding S2 and S3 students will place more emphasis on developing insight and scientific independence.”

Prof. Ronny also explained that conflicts between lecturers and students can occur if there is no longer communication and compatibility between the two. If this happens it can be fatal. Therefore, he suggested that the agreement between lecturers and students be obeyed by both parties.

Porf Ronny suggested that in conducting mentoring, supervisors should treat students like their own children. "As parents, it is certain that they will give everything for their children so that later their children will have sufficient provisions to navigate this vast ocean of life," said this animal geneticist from IPB University.

He reminded that if, for example, at some point the student he was mentoring dropped out of college, then one had to imagine what fate would befall him. Including the fate of his parents who have worked hard to pay for his son's college.

Prof. Ronny admitted that in dealing with the diversity of attitudes, behavior, manners and academic abilities of the students he mentors, the supervising lecturer does require a high level of patience and a special art in guiding. In addition, he also suggested that students can position themselves and determine the right time to consult with their supervisor.

"Often students place too much emphasis on their study progress on the supervisor and forget about that the real responsibility lies with the students," he said.

Prof. Ronny also reminded that students must know the right time to discuss with their supervisor and not ask for a sudden discussion.

"Students must also be able to determine what will be discussed with their supervisor because not all things must be discussed with the supervisor, considering that some of the problems faced by students can be solved by themselves," said Prof. Ronny.

From the lecturer's perspective, he said, the greatest happiness he got was when he saw the students he mentored happy with their families at graduation.

"In essence, true happiness for a lecturer is when one day the seeds he planted and cared for thrive, spread and produce fruit," said Prof. Ronny. (*/RA) (IAAS/SYA)

Published Date : 29-Sep-2021

Resource Person : Prof Ronny R Noor

Keyword : lecturer ethics, student ethics, lecturer guidance, student guidance, the art of educating students, IPB lecturers