Get the most from your time with an advisor!
- Focus your conversation on one or two programs you're interested in. Use EducationPlannerBC to narrow down your options.
- Focus your questions on the program at that institution, not programs at other institutions. If you need information about another institution, search EducationPlannerBC and then contact that institution directly.
- Use your advisor to help you with the following:
- Mapping out an educational plan toward your career goal
- Specific program admission requirements
- Using the institution's degree audit software
- Post-secondary course selection
- Selecting a major or minor
- Inquiring about certification status or learning opportunities
- Transferring course credits from one institution to another
- Making changes to your program of study
- Tracking your progress through your program
- Be prepared for your advising appointments!
- Research your program
- Attend a general group advising or program information session
- Prepare specific questions to discuss
- Bring transcripts or other useful documents
- Keep records of the advice given, make an Action list, and follow up to make sure you're on the right track.
- Learn the best way to communicate with your advisor. In addition to one-on-one appointments, many advisors use email, drop-in sessions and workshops to communicate with students.
Academic Advisors are there to help you succeed but that responsibility falls on your shoulders. See an academic advisor periodically at your post-secondary institution to stay on track. If you have a question or a concern, be sure to check with them as soon as possible.
Most institutions offer scheduled advising appointments and drop-in advising services which can help with the following:
- adding or dropping a course from your timetable
- checking if an elective is useable for your program of study
- updates on various deadlines
- confirming time table schedules
- information about institution policies and procedures
- referrals to other student service departments