Academic Advising

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Preparing for Your Academic Advising Appointment

You don’t need to have all the answers when you meet with your academic advisor, but you should be ready to provide important information and to ask questions. Take a little time to prepare in advance for advising appointments.  Review notes and materials from past advising meetings and curricular information posted online.  You’ll be more prepared to make the most of new information that your advisor provides if you do some initial planning on your own.  
If you require academic accommodations, always tell your academic advisor. Your advisor will use this information when making course recommendations. You should also contact the IU Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) and request your accommodations as soon as possible. To request accommodations, visit IU Office of Disability Services for Students or call (812)855-7578.  
To get the most out of each appointment, bring the following:
  • Something to take notes: Whether you prefer to take notes with pen or paper or on your laptop, writing will help you think about what you are learning and remember important details. Keep all your advising notes in the same place to make it easier to find what you need when you need it. This could be an advising folder on your laptop or a physical folder kept with other academic notebooks.
  • Academic Advisement Report (AAR): Bring a current copy of your AAR to make it easier to track your progress toward your degree and discuss your plans for future semesters.
  • Degree Planning Sheets: Bring copies of the degree planning sheet for your intended major or programs of interest. These provide a concise summary of degree requirements.
  • Your Questions: Bring a list of any questions that you have for your advisor or specific issues you want to be sure to cover during your advising appointment.