Preparing to Meet with Your Academic Advisor

20 Mar

Advisors here at the University of Arizona are always happy to assist you with any questions you may have. However, before even going to an advisement appointment it is important to be prepared so you can get the most out of your meeting with your advisor. Here are some tips to keep in mind while preparing for your advising appointment.

Review Your Academic Advisement Report and Additional Resources

Your Academic Advisement Report on UAccess is your road map up until graduation. Your Advisement Report displays the requirements that you must complete in order to obtain your college degree in your specified major. Follow these steps to access your advisement report in UAccess Student:

  1. Login to your UAccess Student Account
  2. Click on “My Academics” under the Academics tab
  3. Click on “View my advisement report” at the top of the page

At this point you should review the document and familiarize yourself with the content. Printing out your advisement report can also help you come up with questions you may have regarding your requirements, which you can ask during your appointment/walk-in.

You may also be thinking about changing your program of study and might be wondering how that change may affect your progress. The What-If Scenario tool in UAccess allows you to set up and request a simulated or “what-if” advisement report based on alternate programs of study.  Follow these steps to create your own what-if report in UAccess Student:

  1. Login to your UAccess Student Account
  2. Click on “My Academics” under the Academics tab
  3. Click on “Create a what-if scenario”
  4. Select the “Create New Report” button

Scheduling an Appointment or Walk-Ins

Now that you are prepared to meet with your advisor, it is time to make an appointment or plan attending walk-in hours. Check out the UA Advising website to schedule an appointment and find your department’s walk-in hours. It’s simple!

During Your Appointment

Arrive on time and come prepared with questions you want to discuss with your advisor. Bring a copy of your advisement report, if necessary. Also, take notes during your session for future reference.

Academic Advising

If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, you should contact your department’s advisement office to reschedule your appointment for another date/time.

After Your Appointment

Follow up with your advisor regarding any unresolved issues. Check your academic advisement report often to guarantee that you are meeting the requirements necessary to graduate. As always, DO NOT hesitate to schedule another appointment with your advisor; that’s what they’re there for!

If you take the above steps to prepare for your advising appointment you are one step closer to achieving your academic goals. From all of us here at the UA, we wish you the best of luck in your academic career and in all your future endeavors.

-Shuvonno I.

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