Academic Advising

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Prepare for Advising

Preparing for Your Academic Advising Appointment

You don’t need to have all the answers when you meet with your academic advisor, but you should be ready to provide important information and to ask questions. Take a little time to prepare in advance for advising appointments.  Review notes and materials from past advising meetings and curricular information posted online.  You’ll be more prepared to make the most of new information that your advisor provides if you do some initial planning on your own.  
 
If you require academic accommodations, always tell your academic advisor. Your advisor will use this information when making course recommendations. You should also contact the IU Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) and request your accommodations as soon as possible. To request accommodations, visit http://studentaffairs.iub.edu/dss/ or call (812) 855-7578.  
To get the most out of each appointment, bring the following:
  • An advising folder: Keep notes and materials related to advising organized in an advising folder to make it easier to find what you need when you need it.
  • Academic Advisement Report (AAR): Bring a current copy of your AAR to make it easier to track your progress toward your degree and discuss your plans for future semesters.
  • Degree Planning Sheets: Bring copies of the degree planning sheet for your intended major or programs of interest. These provide a concise summary of degree requirements.
  • Paper and a pen or pencil: Be prepared to take notes. Writing will help you think about what you are learning and remember important details. Keep your notes in your advising folder.
  • Your Questions: Bring a list of any questions that you have for your advisor or specific issues you want to be sure to cover during your advising appointment.