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The Best Questions To Ask Your Academic Advisor

Last updated October 17, 2020

Forming a close working relationship with your academic adviser is a great way to set yourself up for success in college. They can help you choose the right classes, help you turn around your grades in challenging classes, and connect you to resources on campus. 

As long as college campuses remain closed due to COVID-19, your academic advisor is also your key to critical information and support in your classes. It's important to meet with your advisor often, especially in this moment - but if you aren't sure what to ask, here's a list of the best proactive actions to take and questions to ask.

Make an appointment with your academic adviser early or as soon as scheduling is available.

Academic advisors enable you to register and enroll in classes. Set up an appointment with yours as soon as you're introduced to them so you can get registered for every class you want before they fill up (and you get stuck on a waitlist). Seeing your advisor early will help you work with them to build the right schedule for your goals, and keep you off that waitlist.

“Can you tell me about this major I’m interested in?”

Your advisor should have a working knowledge of every program offered at your school - take advantage of this wealth of expertise and pick their brain about majors you're interested in.

“What classes do you think I should take? Are there any electives that past students have loved that I shouldn’t miss out on?”

Your advisor works with tons of students at your school. They’ll likely have an understanding of what classes students have loved and valued in the past, and can give you tips on how to choose electives and professors.

“What kind of careers have graduates of this major at my college gone into in the past?”

As you think about which major to pursue, it’s important to know what kinds of careers and job opportunities the degree you’ll receive can get you. Your academic advisor should be able to provide information about what past alumni have gone on to do for work.

“Are there any internships available for students pursuing this major at my school?”

Doing an internship while you’re in college is a critical way to prepare you for applying to jobs after you graduate. They provide hands-on experience, and build out your resume and working portfolio.

"How can I get help with distance-learning?"

Learning remotely during COVID-19 is no joke. It’s difficult to work and absorb information during your classes via Zoom calls. Your academic advisor should be prepared with resources and means for supporting you if you’re ever having trouble with distance-learning.

Ask your advisor to do a degree audit with you every time you meet.

Degree Audits track whether you’re on pace to complete the necessary credits for your major and receive your bachelor’s degree. It’s important that you stay on track to graduate and are aware of the progress that you are making towards completion. Time is money, especially when you’re paying college tuition!!

If you still have questions about how to work with your academic advisor, just text "Hello" to 33-55-77 and we can answer your questions 1:1 right on your phone.

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