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Some Helpful Tips for Avoiding the Pitfalls

Academic Advising Can Help You. …But

Do
Don't

Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with an expert, although you have talked with friends.

Avoid academic advisement as long as possible. Talk with friends.

Make appointments when the advisor has time to see you.

Wait until registration periods to see the advisor.

Share information about educational career goals; report any learning problems; share important success or failure experiences. Your advisor needs this information to help you.

Mislead or withhold important information from your advisor.

Keep your own personal records and bring them with you when you see your advisor.

Assume the advisor has all of your records.

Be assertive. Ask questions.

Assume your advisor will always tell you everything that you need to know.

Keep your own notes and review what you talked about with your advisor at your last meeting.

Assume your advisor will remember what you talked about from one appointment to the next.

Request another advisor, if you are not getting the assistance you need.

Keep an advisor, even if the two of you do not communicate.

Assume the responsibility to become familiar with the university’s policies and regulations, because you are   responsible for your own academic success.

Assume that it is only your advisor, who should be familiar with the university’s policies and regulations.