5 advisement reminders

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It is that time of year again–advisement. Before you rush to your adviser to obtain your registration access number (RAN), here are few tips to keep in mind.

1. Sign-up and show up

Things happen; it’s life. However, you only have one week prior to early registration to obtain your RAN. If you miss your advising appointment, go back to your adviser’s sign-up sheet to see if there are any additional time slots available for the week of advisement. Most advisers provide more time slots than they have advisees, but if no one signs up for the available times them then the advisor will probably not be in his or her office waiting for someone to show up. Also, advisers may not have advisement times for every day of the week. Sign up early!

2. See a peer adviser

If you are in the Communication Arts Department there are peer advisers available to help you plan your schedule. Peer advisers are also students within the Communication Arts Department. Therefore they may not know the answer to all your questions, but they will at least get you on the right path. They will also help you begin a list of questions to ask your adviser. Peer advising is available throughout the month of March but availability changes daily, so check the Veazey Hall conference door for times.

3. Bring your tentative schedule and folder to advisement

In order to obtain your folder you will need your ID. The main office will not accept other items, such as phones, credit cards, etc. in exchange for your folder. (And yes, students have attempted to exchange the aforementioned items, among other things, for their folder.) Your folder is necessary during advisement as it is a record of your appointment with your adviser and your time in the Communication Arts Department. Thus, additional important information will be housed in your folder upon completion of your advisement session. And don’t forget your tentative schedule. Peer advisers (see #2) will help you devise a tentative schedule.

4. Bring questions with you

Now is the time to ask your adviser pertinent questions concerning your schedule. Hence the word pertinent. Advisement times are short to accommodate the many advisees that must be advised within the one week time frame. Answers to some questions, although pertinent, can be found online. The departmental website provides course rotations, course descriptions and prerequisites, departmental minors, etc. Take the time to review this information, and your university catalog, prior to speaking with your adviser. If you are a public relations major, here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the major.

5. Focus on advisement

I know that faculty is sometimes difficult to catch, especially outside their office hours. However, your advisement time should focus on advisement, not internships, graduation clearance, class work, etc. Please be mindful that there will be people flowing into the advisers office before and/or after your advisement time.

What have I missed? What would you add?



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13 responses to “5 advisement reminders

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  2. These are great tips to better prepare a student for advisement. I must admit that I wish I had these tips before every time I have gotten advised before. However, I just registered for my last semester in college so I will not need advisement anymore. I think this blog post should be ran in the Georgianne during advisement time in the semesters to come!

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  4. Ashley Nixon

    It’s said to admit but I never really this prepared for advisement but these are so helpful tips because no one really ever tells me what I need until I get there.I would add on and say kind of know what you want to take the next semester so your adviser can go look them up for you and see if they are available. I know my advisor always wants me to know what I want to take so that is a good idea.

  5. Christian Johnson:

    I always dread advisement because I am seemingly never prepared. I think I know what is right, when in reality, those who are doing the peer advising are probably much more knowledgeable than myself. After reading this post, I will make it my goal before future advisement meetings to get peer revised in order to have a legitimate schedule in mind. Thank you for the helpful advice that I look to apply!

  6. Emily Daniel PRCA 2330
    These are all very helpful and important tips. You should always be as prepared as you can before going to see an adviser, in order to get the most information. You should definitely try and go on tie. Seeing a peer adviser is also very helpful. You should also have your schedule filled out on which classes you have taken and what semesters. Some advisers will not even help you if you do not have this information filled out. The tip that I would give is to know as much about your major requirements as possible so that your adviser can help you the best that they can.

  7. I read all of these tips before meeting with my advisor, and they were all very helpful. I came very prepared for my meeting, it went smoothly, and I ended up getting all the classes I was needing to take! I’m very happy about that because last year did not go as smoothly. This was an educating blog post and I plan on sharing it with many of my friends to help them out with their advisement.

  8. Krystal McMath

    I would add to make sure to create a to do list before going to the appointment. My adviser can sometimes be forgetful. I have to make a to do list to make sure everything is covered during our advisement session. I would also add to ask questions about career paths. This is more important because you should take classes that could possibly help determine your career path and if your adviser helps you to determine a career path, they can help you with the classes you should register for. Last but not least it is important for you to make sure you apply for graduation on time or early. The registrars office gets swamped during the end of semesters and it is better to apply early and get it out of the way. That way when it is time for you to graduate, you will already be cleared and won’t have to worry about if you are cleared before walking across the field. Advisement is super important and allows you to track your road to graduation!

  9. I would ad a helpful hint to non-traditional students. I was not aware that,as a non-tradtional student, I could sign up earlier than other students-as a privilage. Last semester this knowledge would have been a great help,as well as semesters of the past, had I known this helpful hint.

  10. Mrs. Andrews,
    I think you hit on all of the important tips. Peer advisement is definitely useful in narrowing your focus so that the meeting with your actual adviser is streamlined.

  11. Mrs. Andrews,
    Thank you for the helpful tips. I will have to keep these in mind until I graduate. I agree, ALWAYS have back-up classes. Even when you are registering you want to have the list of back-up classes beside you.

  12. Mrs. Andrews,
    These were very helpful tips. I did all of these things before my advisement appointment and I was in and out in about 10 minutes.
    I suppose this would go under “Bring your tentative schedule” but my only suggestion would be to ALWAYS have back-up classes. I’ve learned that you can never ensure your spot in the classes you want, no matter how badly you need them.