Exploratory Studies

Being an Active Advisee

Advising is a two way relationship. Your advisor is here to help you, but you must do your part as well in order to make appointments as productive as possible. Follow these tips before meeting with your advisor and you will find the experience much more rewarding!

Tips on How to Be an Active Advisee

  • Be intentional with your academic advising:
    • Set up regular appointments.
    • Do not wait for your advisor to contact you.
  • Be prepared for each advising meeting:
    • Think of questions to ask your advisor before you meet.
    • Complete any materials your advisor asks you to complete.
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience:
    • Ask questions when you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
    • Follow through on recommendations your advisor makes.
    • Clarify and share your personal values and goals with your advisor as they pertain to your interests and abilities.
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions:
    • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures.

Questions or comments from Passive and Active advisees:

Passive: What courses do I need to get out of here as soon as possible?

Active: I would like to graduate within four years, but I also want to make sure I am getting the most out of my classes. Can you show me where to look to find my major program plan and maybe some sample semester plans?

Passive: Can you tell me what this class is about? The title just doesn't tell me enough.

Active: After reading the descriptions in the Bulletin, I'm still unclear about this class. Where can I go to find more information about it?

Passive: My friend told me that these were the best classes to take, so these are the ones I want.

Active: My friend told me that these were the best classes to take, but I want to make sure they are right for me. Can we brainstorm on how these classes fit my interests and goals?

Passive: What do you mean it is too late to drop this course? I didn't know there was a deadline.

Active: I read in the Schedule of Classes that we can only drop and add classes without having a withdrawal (W) on our transcript during the first week of school. I have decided that with my work schedule 18 credit hours are too many this semester. What do I need to do to drop this class before the deadline?

Passive: I know this is the last day for us to register, but can you meet with me today? I really need you to approve this course schedule.

Active: It says in the Schedule of Classes that we should see out advisor sometime in Mid-October for spring scheduling. I know it is early, but I wanted to go ahead and schedule an appointment to meet with you during that time. I have some questions about my major and some classes I am interested in taking that I would like to talk about with you.

What can you expect from your advisor?

  • Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on your life and personal goals.
  • Understand and effectively interpret the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and college policies/procedures.
  • Assist you in gaining decision-making skills and assist you in assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements.
  • Encourage and guide you as you define and develop realistic goals.
  • Encourage and support you as you develop clear and attainable educational plans.
  • Provide you with information about and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus.
  • Monitor your progress toward meeting your goals.
  • Assist you in working closely with your professors.
  • Be accessible for meeting with you via office hours and for advising, one-on-one appointments, telephone, or email.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

Questions your advisor may ask you:

  • Why did you choose to attend Butler?
  • What are some of your life goals?
  • What questions do you have about:
    • Butler University?
    • Majors you want to explore?
    • Requirements?
    • Scheduling?
  • How are you adjusting to classes?
  • Are there any special situations that we need to consider in planning your educational program? For example, do you have a job? Are you responsible for your family? Do you have a disability? Do you have military obligations?
  • How can I, as your advisor, help you most?
    • Butler policies
    • Scheduling
    • Career guidance
    • Challenges - personal, academic
    • Information
  • Are you aware of the resources available to you?
    • Tutoring / Study Tables
    • Counseling / Health Center
    • Career planning / Graduate School
    • Study Abroad
    • Honors Program
  • What kind of outside activities do you like?
  • What would you say are your strengths as a student here at Butler? Weaknesses?
  • Name your greatest accomplishment so far? What about the experience made it special?
  • What do you want from your major, and how does this fit with the bigger picture?