How To Prepare for Advising

Your advisor is there to guide you through your questions and concerns, to provide advice, and to connect you to resources.
 
However, it's important to remember that advising is about the process, and some questions do not have a quick and easy answer. Your advisor will try to challenge you to do some serious self-reflection, to critically think about your goals and strategies, and to develop decision-making skills. 
 
We suggest you follow these steps to get the most out of your appointment:
 
 
 
 
Get Ready
In general, it's a good idea to schedule your appointment 1-2 weeks in advance (and consider 3-4 weeks out during enrollment season!) However, keep in mind that scheduling procedures are differ among advisors and advising units, so be sure to ask you advisor if they have a preference.
 
 
 
Reflect & Research
Do some self-reflection before your appointment so you can be ready to talk about your interests, strengths, and skills. Writing down your questions and looking into them on your own will make your meeting more productive.
 
 
 
Bring
The day before your meeting, make sure you have your student ID, DARS Report, pen, paper, and list of questions ready.
 
 
 
 
Take Notes
Write down any suggestions or contact information so you can follow-up after your meeting.
 
 
 
Follow-Up
Make sure you follow through with the advice you get. Make that call, send that e-mail! The sooner, the better.
 
 
Below, you can find a more detailed checklist to help you get started, as well as some key questions to ask when you go into your appointment. (Hint: You can edit these suit your specific needs!)
 
 
 
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