Tips for a successful academic advising appointment

Registration for the spring semester begins in November, which will be here before you know it. If you haven’t scheduled an appointment with your academic advisor, now is the time to do so.

What can you do to make the most of your academic advising appointment?

Show up. No-showing for your advising appointment is unprofessional. If circumstances come up that will keep you from attending your scheduled meeting, contact the advising center to cancel and reschedule. But just as important, you’ll miss the chance to receive guidelines and suggestions for your academic progress.

Be on time. Arriving late leaves less time for you and your advisor to discuss questions or concerns. Depending on how late you arrive, you may be asked to reschedule.

Bring any necessary documents. Transcripts, course planning sheets, placement test results. Store all of this information in an easily accessible folder.

Write down a list of questions. Take time before the appointment to write down any questions or topics you want to discuss with your advisor.

Take notes. Advisors document all appointments. You should, too. Keep track of the conversation, recommendations and suggestions. Written notes will be helpful to refer back to at a later date.

 Ask questions. An academic advisor’s job is to make the course selection process as simple as possible and help you avoid scheduling errors. An advisor can’t know that you’re unclear about something if you don’t ask.

Share concerns. Academic advisors know a lot about campus departments and resources. If academic or personal circumstances are keeping you from a successful semester, let the advisor know. He or she can direct you to support services that can help.

Accept responsibility. Advisors guide the course selection and registration process. But it is your responsibility to know campus policies and procedures, dates and deadlines. You are in charge of your academic career while at the college.

Solid academic advising helps with career planning, too. Your path to graduation is smoother with proper course selection and registration. Delayed graduation delays the job search. Additionally, students who meet with academic advisors can learn about campus resources such as Career Services, the Academic Learning Center and other departments that can help lead to a successful college career. Success in college is a key component to successful career development.