How to Ensure a Successful Academic Advisement Session

Both students and advisors have busy schedules. The following suggestions may help students insure a more successful advising experience:

  1. Make an appointment with your advisor during non-peak (non-registration) times. This will insure a less stressful and more meaningful contact.
  2. Make sure you arrive in time for you appointment. If you are even a few minutes late, it may mean rescheduling your appointment if your advisor has another commitment and is unable to accommodate your poor planning.
  3. If something unexpected happens and you are unable to arrive on time, or at all for your appointment, call your advisor to explain as soon as possible.
  4. Before the advising appointment, do the following:
  • Print out a copy of your degree audit through your E-Hive account, and bring this with you when you meet with your advisor.
  • Review the requirements for your academic program, or intended program, in the catalog. Also, review requirements for any other majors, minors, or certificates that might interest you.
  • Draft a sample schedule for the next semester, or if you are particularly organized, for the rest of your academic program.
  • Carefully consider the effects of your academic goals and work/personal commitments, while drafting your schedule. If you are working full-time, you may not want to be a full-time student too. Same logic applies if you have family commitments, you may need to take only a part-time academic load.
  • When you meet with your advisor be honest about your work load, academic needs, personal commitments, financial concerns, etc., that could impede your ability to have a successful academic career. Remember, your advisor wants to help you be successful, but much of your success will depend on you.
  • If you decided to change majors, or advisors, or have other questions related to advising go the Center for Academic Advising and Disability Support Services.