How to Prepare for Advising Appointments
The following recommendations will help you make the most of the
time you have with your advisor:
- 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.
- Understand the degree requirements for your declared major(s)
and/or minor(s), the Core, and any pre-professional programs you
- 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"
- 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.,
- 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)