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Bissett Student Success Centre
Student Success Advisors can help you:
- clarify your education and career goals
- monitor your plan of study
- choose courses that relate to your goals and interests
- address concerns about your studies
- apply strategies for academic success from first-year to graduation
- identify skill-building opportunities such as co-op or study abroad
- develop an action plan if you are struggling in school
- explore academic options (including academic policies) when faced with personal/family emergency
- determine where to go for additional support
Think of your academic success as a shared responsibility: work with your advisors, your instructors and others to achieve your educational and career goals.
Before you meet with your advisor:
- Make a list of questions you want to ask. Try to be as specific as possible – this will help you clarify your concerns.
- Look in the Undergraduate Calendar for information about your questions.
- Look up academic dates and deadlines that relate to your questions.
- Remember, that your advising meeting is held in confidence, so prepare to engage in a discussion beyond course choice and program options.
During your meeting:
- Tell your advisor as much as you can about why you are meeting with them. The more your advisor knows about your situation, the more they can help you.
- It is always a good idea to write down suggestions your advisor offers (on paper or in your smart phone) so that you remember which steps to take next.
- Ask your advisor for help to make a list of next steps if you need it.
- Schedule a follow-up ... Rome wasn't built in a day!