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How to Prepare for Advising Appointments

The following recommendations will help you make the most of the time you have with your advisor:

General Recommendations

  • Plan in advance and schedule an appointment - the best advising takes place when you and your advisor can have dedicated time to discuss your concerns and plans. "On the fly" advising is not effective or productive.
  • Consider the issues and questions you want to address with your advisor in advance and bring a list of those with you. Be specific - the less your advisor has to dig, the better.
  • Use some of your time with your advisor getting to know one another. This will help clarify your interests, passions, and goals, as well as enable you to understand how best your advisor can assist you in identifying appropriate resources and complementary activities (e.g., internships).
  • Accept responsibility: though your advisor will offer suggestions and guidance, you are the one who is ultimately responsible for your academic career.

Administrative Recommendations

  • Understand the degree requirements for your declared major(s) and/or minor(s), the Core, and any pre-professional programs you have selected.
  • Know the official academic calendar, which will list drop, add, and withdraw deadlines. Advising and registration dates are also published in the official calendar on the Registration and Records website.
  • Periodically review your Advising Audit/Advisement Report by logging in to your My.Butler.edu account. In the menu on the left, click on Self Service and then from the dropdown under Other Academics, select Academic Requirements. Then click the blue button with the double right arrows.
  • If you are considering a major change or any other significant academic change, use the What-if Report  function. Under the Other Academics dropdown menu in My.Butler, select the What-if Report link and select the "create new report" button.
  • If you are meeting for your official pre-registration appointment, prepare a tentative schedule of classes to discuss with your advisor.
  • Familiarize yourself with all of the functions of the Student Center in My.Butler. For a great guide to frequently asked questions about registration, see the My.Butler Help blog.
  • Maintain an advising portfolio throughout your academic career. Recommended items to include are:
    • Name and contact information for your academic advisor
    • Major and minor curriculum sheets
    • Current unofficial transcript
    • Copies (if available) of any important academic forms (e.g., major change)
    • Current Advising Audit/Advisement Report
    • Any other important information that has an impact on your academic progress or plan (i.e., study abroad information, internships, research experiences)