Tips from Academic Advisors

We surveyed academic advisors across campus and here are some tips they've shared with us.

an advisor meeting with a student

  1. It may seem obvious but showing up to your advising appointment is good step in the right direction. As young professionals it's important to be mindful of other's time obligations. If you don't show up to a meeting – or you're late – you could be stealing someone else's time.

  2. Printing off your most up-to-date degree progress report may seem like a small chore, but it's greatly appreciated by advisors. With an updated record of your standing, your advisor can more accurately gauge your progress and help you select courses.

  3. Advisors want to hear how things are going - what's working and what's not. From this information they can begin to help you make important changes that could make your life at school better.

  4. Even in today's busy world advisors want to meet with you about things other than requirements, registrations and deadlines. They actually enjoy it when you schedule follow-up appointments and talk about things pertaining to your growth as a student and your progress towards a career.

  5. Share your history with your advisor. Talk about classes that you've enjoyed and teaching styles that you've responded well to. They may have ideas about how to continue this success.

  6. Across the board, academic advisors like to see that their students have done some leg-work. Put together a Wish List of classes on MaineStreet. That way you'll have a great starting point for your registration meeting. From there, things can move into topics other than which courses will fit into your schedule and what requirements they'll fulfill.

  7. Advisors want to know what's going on outside of the classroom. They want a peek into how your life is structured so they can better meet your needs. Only when they see your life as a whole can they start to truly help you.

  8. Bring your Graduation Planner to advising meetings. Fill out as much as you can. This can help your advisor help you.

  9. Turn off your cell phone or put it on vibrate when you're in a meeting (this goes double for the classroom!). Stay engaged in the learning process.
  10. When contacting your advisor or professor by email please do the following:

    • Use your email so we are sure who is contacting us.

    • Create a subject line that relates to your question. Don’t reply to an old email with an unrelated subject.

    • Begin respectfully such as Dear Professor _name_. If your professors ask you to be more informal, then it is fine to do so.

    • Be sure it is clear, gives your full name, MaineStreet ID, and if you are referring to a class, state which one such as NOR 135 on M/W.

    • Read over your email before sending it to be sure what you have written is correct.  If you want our help, be sure to give use the information that will help us help you.