Getting the Most from Your Advisor
What Your Advisor Expects from You
- Schedule Advising Appointment. It is your responsibility to sign up and attend.
- Make regular contact with your advisor each semester.
- Read your e-mails.
- Don’t wait to register. It is your responsibility to get in early and register on your enrollment date.
- Come prepared to each appointment with questions or material for discussion.
- Tell your advisor about extracurricular activities (work, clubs, etc.) and scholarships.
- Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
- Complete all "to dos" or recommendations from your advisor and report back.
- Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies and procedures through the use of UAConnect and Blackboard.
- Accept responsibility for your decisions.
What You Can Expect from Your Advisor
- Be accessible during office hours.
- Provide academic support to ensure success
- Explain academic policies and procedures.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Collaborate to ensure academic success.
- Assist in understanding the benefits of higher education.
- Encourage and support educational plans.
- Guide decision-making of educational plans for achievement.
- Assist in identifying and using relevant university resources.
- Teach the value of classroom knowledge in relation to work, personal habits and attitudes.
- Teach how to develop the skills needed to successfully enter and thrive in a variety of work environments.
- Monitor and accurately document progress.
Topics to Cover with Your Advisor
- Any problems that affect academic performance
- Select courses for the upcoming term
- Add or drop courses
- Register to take a course pass-fail or audit
- Discuss academic progress
- Change a major
- Discuss career considerations
- Advisor gives the student the tools to be independent.
- Advisor helps student understand the value of their educational experience.
- Advisor engages with student holistically — socially, academically, culturally and professionally.
- Advisors helps student move toward their degree and career goals regardless of path.
- Student acts independently.
- Student enrolls on time.
- Student understands confidentiality.
- Student is thinking critically of their end goal.
- Student knows their advisor's name.
- Student uses professional etiquette.
- Students can locate and use resources at the U of A to acquire information about courses, academic programs, university policies and campus resources.
- Students can articulate the purpose of their educational requirements.