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Steps to Successful Advising

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Printable Advising Syllabus

Steps to Successful Advising

  1. Develop your short-term and long-term educational, career and life goals.
  2. Select your major and be familiar with your program requirements.
  3. Know your role as a student and your advisor's role in helping you. (see below)
  4. Develop your academic plan for each semester.
  5. Register for your courses.
  6. Know your opportunities with student activities.
  7. Know what you should do at each step of the semester. (see below)
  8. Begin to think about your next step after Columbus State:
    1. Employment
    2. Transfer Options

Beginning of Semester

Mid Semester

End of Semester

Your role as a student for successful advising:

  • See your advisor at least once during the first three to six weeks of your first semester or before you register for the next semester.
  • Call early to schedule an appointment and arrive on time.
  • Maintain a file of your advising materials including: educational options you are exploring, your list of questions, coursework for next quarter, future goals, potential careers and colleges you are considering.

    Please bring these materials with you to your appointment. Know all of your academic options.

  • Create an outline of the classes you will take each semester until you graduate.
  • Follow what to do each step of the semester.
  • Keep in touch with your advisor by appointment, phone or email.

Your advisor's role for successful advising:

  • Answer general questions concerning your education including which courses to schedule in the next semester..
  • Identify resources to help with career decision making and choosing a major.
  • Help you develop a semester-by-semester plan to satisfy your degree requirements.
  • Talk to you about your academic progress and strengths and weaknesses.
  • Discuss ways to improve your study skills and how to handle difficulties you may have in your coursework.
  • Assist you in long-term planning for transferring credit to another institution.