Academic Advising

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Prepare for Advising

Preparing for Your Academic Advising Appointment

You will get more out of appointments with your academic advisor if you take a little time to prepare in advance. By reviewing notes and materials from past meetings and doing some initial planning on your own, you will be ready to ask good questions and make the most of any new information your advisor provides. You don’t need to have all the answers when you meet with your advisor, but it helps to be ready to ask the right questions!

To get the most out of each appointment, please also be sure to 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.