What you should do before, during, and after an advising appointment?
It is important to take advantage of the time that you have with your academic advisor to ensure that you are following the right path in your quest to graduation. Here are some important tips as to things you should do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER you meet with your academic advisor...
BEFORE your academic advising appointment, you should:
- Think about your educational goals, major options and progress in your courses (if currently enrolled).
- Be prepared with questions to ask your academic advisors and bring necessary materials such as your academic advising portfolio, latest degree audit, etc (if currently enrolled).
- Be familiar with university policies and procedures, academic deadlines and course selections.
- Know where your appointment is located. The central Academic Advising Center is located at the Camille Lightner Center but there are specific ‘major’ advisors located throughout the various School and Colleges. Advising staff directory.
- Plan ahead and be prepared to arrive on time. The Academic Advising Center and its satellite locations are busy places. As a general rule, we will see walk-in traffic after a 10 minute wait period. It is always good to arrive early. If you are late, you may have to reschedule your appointment.
DURING your advising appointment, you should:
- Participate and be engaged in the advising process. Academic advising is a two-way street and we need to know what your educational and academic goals are in order to be able to point you in the right direction.
- Not be afraid to ask questions when you don’t understand. This is your opportunity to get answers to your academic questions and/or concerns.
- Take notes. You and your academic advisor may discuss a lot of information and you can use your notes to refer back to later.
AFTER your advising appointment, you should:
- Most importantly, take your academic advisor’s advice.
- Begin formulating your class schedule based on the course recommendations provided so that you are ready for the registration period.
- Review the materials given to you and follow-up with recommended resources suggested to you.
- Write down any questions you may still have for future appointments.